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Why Teach Science?

Statement:

Stoke Minster C.E (A) Primary School understands the need for all pupils to develop their Scientific ability as an essential component of all subjects and as a subject in its own right. A high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world. It involves a systematic study of the natural and physical world, leading to the drawing of conclusions. It is important to build upon the natural curiosity, awe and wonder that children have and to encourage them to embrace this, through techniques such as open questioning. Children should be provided with opportunities to develop their existing understanding through a range of experiences, such as practical experimentation and investigation, in order to open their minds to the social and cultural aspects of the world around them.

Aims:

At Stoke Minster C.E (A) Primary School we believe science is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation, as well as using and applying process skills. We believe that a broad and balanced science education is the entitlement of all children, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability.

Pupils at Stoke Minster agree that science is going well at our school when:

  • We want to find out more.
  • We think and talk about our ideas.
  • We ask questions to investigate.
  • We decide what we need and how to do it ourselves.
  • Teachers don’t use words that are too tricky for us.
  • We can explain what we have done clearly.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary is a really important element to instill in children as early as possible. Without it communication is so difficult. Saying that specific vocabulary for subjects is also important to enable children to communicate effectively in academic areas. Please find attached the vocabulary requirements for all years. As a parent it's nice to be aware so you can challenge your child and help them develop. You never know if your child will be the next Einstein!

Encouraging Children to work Scientifically

In order for primary school children to operate as successful scientists, they should be taught a wide range of essential enquiry skills. These skills should build upon earlier opportunities they have had to play, explore, create, engage in active learning, and think critically in the Early Years Foundation Stage. These symbols have been designed by our staff in order to clearly show which enquiry skills the pupils are developing and will be used from Y1-Y6.

Science ‘Family’ Homework.

At Stoke Minster, we believe that it is important that children realise that science is so much more than a school subject.  

Young children are born scientists. Every time they make mud, build a block tower, or examine a leaf, they are investigating how the world works and building critical-thinking skills. You can play an important role in helping to encourage your child’s scientific investigations. You don’t have to know the “right answer” to help your child learn science. You can build on children’s natural curiosity by asking questions and looking for answers together. 

Our ‘family’ Science homework is designed to enable you and your child to explore together.  

Click here to see our Rube Goldberg work
Click here to see our Nature Walk work

Useful Links

There are many useful websites for science which can be found on the Parents & Pupil pages. 

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