''Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.''
- Edwin Powell Hubble
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
- National curriculum 2014
The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- 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
- Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
At Whingate we have an inquiry based science curriculum. Children have the opportunity to ‘work scientifically’ through investigation and questioning in every lesson. They are encouraged to develop their curiosity of the world around them and to discuss and explain their ideas and findings. They are expected to ‘become scientists’, taking control of their own investigations and using ap propriate scientific vocabulary.
Each year group has set topics that they will study in science lessons.