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Colliers Green Church of England Primary School


'Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.'

Carl Sagan

Why we teach science

Science is a systematic investigation of the physical, chemical and biological aspects of the world, which relies on first hand experience and on other sources of information.  The scientific process and pupils’ problem solving activities will be used to deepen their understanding of the concepts involved. Children will be encouraged to ask questions about the world around them, and given the skills to begin to find answers.

Learning science supports our three school values:

  • Aspiration: loving the world by observing our surroundings closely and asking questions about how and why things behave in a certain way.
  • Resilience: loving ourselves by viewing making mistakes as a part of the learning process, and by considering how to make improvements when we try again.
  • Community: loving our community by learning about the plants and animals in our local habitat, and thinking about ways we can look after them and help them thrive.

The aims of the science curriculum

The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that 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

    As a school, we also aim to:

  • develop pupils’ enjoyment and interest in science and an appreciation of its contribution to all aspects of everyday life
  • build on pupils’ curiosity and sense of awe of the world

  • use a planned range of investigations and practical activities to give pupils a greater understanding of the concepts and knowledge of science

  • develop pupils’ basic practical skills and their ability to make accurate and appropriate measurements

  • develop pupils’ use of information and communication technology (ICT) in their science studies

How we teach science at Colliers Green

We teach science though a mixture of practical investigations and research from secondary sources. Children are encouraged to ask meaningful questions and develop their problem solving skills. Links with the real and familiar world are made and children are encouraged to record their findings using a variety of methods, including the use of ICT.