Our Science curriculum ensures 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 St Thomas Aquinas, the National Curriculum Programmes of Study and the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum define our Science curriculum. As part of the Long Term Plan, year groups are allocated science topics to ensure that children cover all aspects of science as they progress through the school. Where possible links are made between Science and other subjects particularly English, Maths, DT and Computing thus building a cross-curricular and immersed curriculum where children are more able to make links between Science and the world around them.
‘Working scientifically’ specifies the understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science for each year group. At St Thomas Aquinas it is not taught as a separate strand and where possible it is embedded within the content of each Science unit. Pupils follow various approaches to working scientifically in order to answer relevant scientific questions, these include:
- observing over time
- pattern seeking
- identifying, classifying and grouping
- comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations)
- researching using secondary sources.
Enrichment and Engagement
In addition to weekly lessons, children are engaged and excited about science through special events and activities. We hold an annual Science Week, incorporating fun and unusual experiments. During Science Week and throughout the year, children enjoy special visits from experts in different aspects of Science. As well as this, children’s Science work is supported and enriched through educational visits. Children who are particularly gifted within Science have the opportunity to become Science Ambassadors. Science Ambassadors have the opportunity to further enhance their understanding of science through practical investigations and by helping to lead science throughout the school through assemblies, monitoring learning, designing competitions and taking science learning outside at lunchtimes.