Our aim in science is to foster a curiosity about the world we live in and to nurture an enthusiasm and love of the subject. Science provides the foundations for understanding and thinking critically about our world through biology, chemistry and physics. All pupils will be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science in everyday life. Our science lessons are based around investigative work in order to engage the children and stimulate their learning. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
During their time at Horncastle, pupils will develop a body of foundational knowledge and conceptual understanding in Key Stage One, slowly building to “working scientifically” in Key Stage Two. Pupils will nurture a core set of skills which will enable them to think logically about a problem whilst also understanding the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. This will encourage a smooth transition to Key Stage Three.
Each science lesson, we specifically teach vocabulary following a ‘Ten Steps in Ten Minutes(ish!)’ approach. This ensures children are explicitly taught the words they need to discuss their science knowledge and understanding. These words build up into a science glossary for the children over year. The words that are taught have been carefully chosen from the National Curriculum and build up year on year.
We also ensure that children are taught about ‘Significant Scientists’: people from round the world who have made a significant contribution to the area of science the children are studying.
Whilst most of our science lessons are taught discretely, some science learning is through a more topical approach. Please see our ‘Class Pages’ to see examples of our knowledge organisers which detail key content and vocabulary.