At Good Shepherd, we aim to promote a love of science and provide children with the foundations of understanding the world around them through practical investigation that answer their questions. We aim to ensure that our curriculum is challenging and thought provoking, with each lesson linked to an enquiry (big) question which leads our investigations.
We focus not only on developing children’s scientific knowledge, but also their use of scientific terminologies, which encourages children to speak scientifically and build up their scientific vocabulary.
Working Scientifically is a key part of all science lessons and gives meaning to all new knowledge learnt in science. It is embedded into all topics and is an essential part of the new curriculum.
Some of the scientific skills include; observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources. Pupils are also encouraged to seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data, relating to their mathematics.
The National Curriculum
There are three aims in the English primary science curriculum, to ensure that all pupils: