Science at Cropredy CE Primary School

At Cropredy CE Primary School, science should be fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for science; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum; ensuring the progressive development of knowledge, skills and vocabulary and for the children to develop a love of science. Furthermore, we aim to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the natural and man-made world and a respect for the environment that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. This includes the lessons they complete in the classroom but also the other experiences they are offered, such as educational visits, residentials and enrichment days.

The aims of teaching science in our school are to:

  • Equip children to use themselves as starting points for learning about science, and to build on their enthusiasm and natural sense of wonder about the world

  • Develop, through practical work, the skills of observation, prediction, investigation, interpretation, communication, questioning and hypothesizing, and increased use of precise measurement skills and ICT

  • Encourage and enable pupils to offer their own suggestions, and to be creative in their approach to science, devising their own invitations and taking lines of enquiry in a way that interests them

  • Gain enjoyment from their scientific work

  • Enable children to develop their skills of co-operation through working with others, and to encourage where possible, ways for children to explore science in forms which are relevant and meaningful to them

  • Teach scientific enquiry through contexts taken from the National Curriculum for science

  • Encourage children to collect relevant evidence and to question outcomes and to build resilience to persevere, as it is likely they will need to repeat results or will encounter unexpected results that do not support their hypothesis

  • Encourage children to treat the living and non-living environment with respect and sensitivity

  • Stress the need for personal and group safety by the correct usage and storage of resources

  • To critically question the world around them

  • To enable children to appreciate that we do not always know the answers when carrying out scientific enquiry, as the world around them is continually changing and developing

  • Equip children with the language to be able to discuss their learning and confidently explain their scientific understanding in small groups