At Brookmans Park, from Nursery to Year 6, we want our children to be naturally curious about the world around them. We want to embrace their sense of wonder about natural phenomena and to guide them into becoming enquiry-based learners.
Our Science curriculum ensures pupils develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. They are taught enquiry skills that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them while developing a sense of excitement and curiosity.
Children are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and understand the uses and implications of science today and for the future. They become familiar with and use technical terminology accurately and precisely.
Scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each topic the children study and these topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at school. Topics, such as Plants, are taught in Key Stage One and studied again in further detail throughout Key Stage Two. Thus allowing the children to grow in their understanding, building upon their prior knowledge and increasing their enthusiasm for the topics whilst embedding this procedural knowledge into the long-term memory.
We ensure that all children are provided with rich learning experiences that aim to:
- Prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world today and in the future.
- Help our children acquire a growing understanding of the nature, processes and methods of scientific ideas.
- Help develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world.
- Build on our children’s natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problems.
- Encouraging open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance and developing the skills of investigation - observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating.
- Develop the use of scientific language, recording and techniques.
- Develop the use of computing in investigating and recording.
- Make links between science and other subjects.
In addition we further enrich our children’s scientific learning by;
- Holding whole school STEM weeks
- Visits to museums
- Art activities
- Annual Science Week
- Providing a Science Club after school
- Inviting visitors and parents to the school to share their knowledge and skills.