Science at Whiteheath
We understand that it is important for lessons to have a skills-based focus, and that the knowledge can be taught through this. The National Curriculum provides a structure and skill development for the science curriculum being taught throughout the school.
At Whiteheath Junior School, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. As a result, Science is a vibrant subject and is taught in such a way that our children are encouraged to be interested in the world around them, to enjoy exploring and observing science in everyday life. We aim to provide them with the necessary core scientific knowledge and investigative skills to answer questions about scientific processes. Science compels our children to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. By deeply appreciating the nature of our existence, we can look to surpass what once seemed to be boundaries.
At Whiteheath Junior School, we endeavour to ensure that the Science curriculum we provide gives our children the confidence and motivation to continue to further develop their skills into the next stage of their education and life experiences. Our curriculum is made up of a rich variety of topics that cover all the core scientific disciplines and contexts that our children can relate to their everyday lives. They are taught to use science to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes - essential skills they need in a within an age of information. Science at Whiteheath Junior allows children simultaneously to interpret the present while crafting the future. Every enquiry, investigation, experiment and ‘WOW moment’ sows the seeds for ambition in the next generation.
Throughout their work in science, our children encounter key concepts as they appreciate the work of significant people -pioneering scientists, past and present- and learn their rich stories. By putting the stories of these figures into context, we bring to life the sense of curiosity, exploration and discovery that drove them and, in turn, evoke these ambitions in our children. Through this, we aim to give all children the skills and tools to become lifelong scientists.
Aims in Science
The 2014 National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the 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.