Children develop a sense of the world and how it works through the study of science! Science encourages our pupils to make observations, carry out thorough investigations and work collaboratively to explain and analyse their findings. Developing these essential skills from a young age fosters logical thinking, whilst educating pupils on the importance of scientific discovery in our ever changing world. Through educational workshops, stimulating museum visits and a dedicated ‘Science Week’, we nurture excitement around the subject by exposing our pupils to the wide, wonderful world of science!
Reaching Our Potential
Pupils reach their potential by gaining an understanding of key scientific concepts and developing investigative skills. Science is mostly taught discretely, however, some science topics act as a catalyst for learning in other areas of the curriculum. This helps pupils who find abstract concepts tricky to engage with the subject matter via different, more concrete avenues. The practical nature of some science lessons, also serves to elucidate abstract concepts, helping more pupils to reach their potential.
We encourage children to be active learners by giving them scientific questions to investigate. Enquiry learning also develops a number of practical skills that will be valuable to our pupils throughout their lives, such as using various instruments and measuring accurately. Lessons such as these motivate our pupils to become meticulous learners that work carefully and efficiently.
In order to reach their potential in science, it is essential that our pupils use scientific vocabulary accurately. As the majority of scientific terminology isn’t used in everyday conversation, we begin each topic by focussing on the new vocabulary that children will learn and use over the course of that unit. This explicit teaching of terminology is embedded throughout the units, enabling all our pupils to discuss complicated concepts with confidence.
Learning to Live Well Together
Practical, investigatory science runs through our curriculum at Holy Trinity. From a young age, our pupils are encouraged to work collaboratively to test out hypothesises they have drawn from observation. Whilst working together to plan experiments, they are required to listen to their peers and generate a collective enquiry question. Through this discussion, they learn that sharing and debating ideas is essential when trying to answer big questions.
Through the study of Science, children learn about the world and the natural process that which enable our planet to function. They develop an understanding of their role as stewards of the Earth and their responsibility to protect and preserve it for future generations. We cannot live well together if we do not work collectively on this issue.