A Science curriculum that is relevant and imparts key knowledge and skills is critical if we are to excite young people about science. It also needs to be flexible enough to meet the needs of all individual students and enable teachers to use creative and innovative approaches and resources.
(Science and Innovation Investment Framework 2004-2014, HM Treasury, 2004)
At Appleby Primary School, children are taught all aspects of the Primary National Curriculum. The National Curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
Science is an exciting and dynamic subject and we aim to reflect this in its teaching. We plan and deliver the science curriculum in a way which makes use of a multi disciplinary and cross curricular approach. Through practical activity and application we hope to make science education at Appleby satisfying and engaging for pupils and teachers and ensure that pupils' learning is rooted in memorable, real-life experiences which bring their learning to life.
Through discussion, observation and practical activities, we seek to build on children’s existing scientific ideas and thinking, giving them a clear understanding of basic scientific phenomena. Scientific skills such as measuring, observing, recording, questioning and explaining are developed through a range of practical tasks related, whenever possible, to the everyday world.
Computing equipment is used extensively in this subject to record and interpret data. Children extend their knowledge and understanding of phenomena associated with plants and animals, materials and physical processes, such as light and sound. They use skills developed in English and Maths to present and communicate their ideas and feelings.
Throughout our Science teaching in the school we would expect the children to enjoy themselves, show curiosity, perseverance, self discipline and ingenuity. Children learn to work with others, to develop respect for the environment and to be aware of their own health and safety.