At Springfield Primary Academy, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. Science opens the door for curiosity, enquiry and wonder. It encourages respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provides opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence. We believe it is important for teachers to be confident in delivering relevant, practical and memorable lessons which enable this.
Our Science curriculum is ambitious and designed to inspire all pupils, so they thrive in an increasingly scientific and technological world. As one of the core subjects taught in Primary Schools, we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires. We aim to equip pupils with the knowledge and skills to think independently and develop an enquiring scientific mind in preparation for the world of work.
We aim to ensure that all of our children have the essential characteristics of a Scientist:
- Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
- Develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery.
- Understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
- Develop their skills of collaboration through working with others, and explore science in forms which are relevant and meaningful to them
- Become independent learners, carry out their own investigations and discover things for themselves.
- Critically question the world around them.
- Work scientifically, encompassing the 5 types of enquiry:
- Comparative and fair testing.
- Observing over time.
- Identifying, classifying and grouping.
- Research using secondary sources.
- Pattern seeking.
- Use a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including I.C.T., diagrams, graphs and charts.
We ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are built-on and developed throughout a progressive curriculum from the Early Years to the end of Key Stage 2, so that they can extend and apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently, and continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings.