"the important thing is to never stop questioning" Albert Einstein
Science provides the foundations for our understanding of the world.
We want to foster children's scientific curiosity, their experimentation skills and their ability to conclude and evaluate.
Our children are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. We aim to foster a curiosity to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes – skills essential for life-long learning.
At Westbury Park School, we use the Rising Stars Switched on Science scheme to support the teaching and learning of science. This embeds the working scientifically requirements into each topic so that in addition to the core knowledge and vocabulary, children are developing skills of observation, investigation and fair testing, classification, data handling.
Each year group studies five different scientific topics that engage children through practical, hands-on experiments, data analysis, videos and investigation. Whilst knowledge is topic specific, throughout their primary journey, children's scientific skills are built upon and, as they reach upper KS2, children are encouraged to plan and carry out their own scientific investigations.
Children will have the confidence to analyse results and form conclusions whilst using the correct and accurate scientific vocabulary to support their explanations. An understanding of scientific processes will be clear to all children and a love of the subject will ignite enthusiasm beyond the classroom. An expression of scientific understanding will be clear in science books and also through discussion.