At Belmore, the purpose of Science is to encourage children to develop an excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena through teacher-led discovery of scientific concepts. Children are given an opportunity to ask ‘big questions’ about the world, and answer their own queries through practical opportunities of discovery.
Science has changed our lives and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Ultimately, this will enable the children of Belmore to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse the causes of phenomena.
Each project teaches a sequence of knowledge and concepts and it is important that pupils develop secure understanding of each key block of knowledge and concepts in order to progress to the next stage. Pupils will be able to describe associated processes and key characteristics in common language, but will also be familiar with, and use, technical terminology accurately and precisely. Pupils should build up an extended specialist vocabulary. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data.
At Belmore, the aim of our Science Curriculum is to develop pupils’ enjoyment and interest in Science by building on pupils’ inquisitive nature and curiosity about the natural world. Children will recognise the contribution that scientific thought has had on everyday life, and how scientific thinking could solve problems of the future. They will use a planned range of practical activities and investigations to enable them to gain the knowledge, skills and understanding of scientific concepts in the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Pupils will be able to use scientific vocabulary and technical terminology to explain what they have discovered and why these things happen.