At Castle Hill School we adopt an investigative approach to Science. The children learn about a wide range of areas, including living things, materials and natural phenomena. The study of science offers the children a systematic way of understanding the world in which they live. Using children’s natural enthusiasm and curiosity, science creates opportunities in which practical investigations can take place. It is also a subject which offers great opportunities for challenge and creative thinking.
We follow the national curriculum programme of study which aims to ensure that all children;
- 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
Each term children study science topics and work is planned throughout the school to ensure balance and progression within the context of the National Curriculum. Much of the work is of a practical nature and involves the children in observing, hypothesising and predicting results. Some science classes take place beyond the school walls – at local museums, local parks or nearby study centres.
Pupils have the opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding in many areas of science. The children learn about life and living processes, materials and their properties, and physical processes through experiments and investigations. Individual and group skills of planning, decision-making, investigating and communicating results, as well as observing, classifying, recording, making and testing hypotheses, designing experiments and drawing information from evidence are vital to science-based activities, but can also be applied to everyday life.