At St Thomas’ we value Science because it makes an important contribution to all aspects of life and stimulates children’s natural curiosity about the world around them. We aim to promote, in an exciting way, the growth of the knowledge and abilities needed by a pupil through exploring, interpreting and using their biological and physical environment.
In Science we aim to extend the natural curiosity children have about the world around them. The children are taught skills of observation, prediction, fair testing, measuring, interpretation and evaluation while they are working scientifically. The children are encouraged to devise investigations to solve problems and answer questions.
We will help pupils to:
- Acquire first hand experiences of scientific activities, both as an individual and as part of a team.
- initiate investigation and ask questions
- develop investigative skills
- develop an inquiring mind using critical and creative thinking
- develop interests, attitudes, vocabulary and communication of ideas
- acquire significant knowledge and develop basic concepts
- work scientifically
There is a focus on acquiring scientific skills in order to improve our knowledge, using the world around us to learn from, learning about real scientists and developing the children’s ability to work scientifically.
Each class will be using our outdoor learning environments for science study throughout the year – our gardens and pond area providing a good location for the study of plants and trees and the natural world. We also plan a variety of educational visits to enhance the children’s scientific knowledge including River studies at Dapdune Wharf.