Statement of Intent
At Christ Church we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect
of daily life. As one of the core subjects taught in Primary Schools, we give
the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires. The
Scientific area of learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge
and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with
Science as a process of enquiry. It will develop the natural curiosity of the
child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment
and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence.
At Christ Church, in conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our Science teaching offers opportunities for children to:
develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics;
develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through different types of Science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them;
be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.
develop the essential scientific enquiry skills to deepen their scientific knowledge.
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.
Develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle with regard to their own, and other children’s safety.
Develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery.
The National Curriculum will provide a structure and skill development for the Science curriculum being taught throughout the school, which is now linked, where possible to the theme projects to provide a creative scheme of work, which reflects a balanced programme of study.
At Christ Church School, children have weekly lessons, or blocked weeks in Science throughout Key Stage 1 and 2, using various programmes of study and resources. In Early years, Science is taught through Knowledge and understanding of the World, where the children learn about the world around them through play.
Additional opportunities are provided in Science, such as Science fairs run between the schools in our Academy trust, online Science days such as the Science Farm live, put on by the National Farmers Union and World Ocean day, who encourage involvement in local beach cleans and investigating microplastics, educational visits linked to the Science curriculum, such as visits to We the Curious in Bristol, Noah’s Ark and Puxton Park, visitors to school, and the South West Science Challenge run by Bristol University.
We endeavour to ensure that the Science curriculum we provide will give children the confidence and motivation to continue to further develop their skills into the next stage of their education and life experiences.