Subject Leader: Mr Sarkis
Science is a core subject within the National Curriculum. Harlesden Primary School believes that science education 'provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world's future prosperity. We are passionate that all pupils should be taught essential aspects of knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science to build up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts. Pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. We will try to encourage our children to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes'. (DFE) (2014)
For children, science is the exploration of the world around them through investigation. Science is the study of the physical world, involving a collection of facts from observations, physical experiments and working scientifically (living processes, materials, physical processes) from which children form ideas of their world. Science has a heavy emphasis on investigation involving prediction, observation, testing and evaluation. We believe that it is good practice for children to be encouraged to actively learn, by developing their own investigations based on ideas given by the teacher, and their own ideas. These ideas will be increasingly founded in scientific knowledge and understanding.
Our aim is:
- To develop the natural curiosity about the world around them;
- To develop the questioning and enquiring minds through a range of enjoyable and interesting experiences;
- To develop the skills to make systematic enquiries:
- To develop opportunities to apply theoretical ideas to the solving of practical problems;
- To develop an increasing attention to accuracy;
- To develop a positive attitude to science and increase understanding of how science is used in the wider world;
- To develop exposure to a range of relevant experiences - allowing pupils to acquire scientific knowledge, skills and conceptual understanding in the key areas of scientific enquiry and disciplines, life processes and living things, materials and their properties and physical processes (biology, chemistry and physics) through a variety of teaching and learning strategies;
- To develop the accurate use of scientific vocabulary;
- To make sure that the needs of each child are met so that they will reach their full potential.
(The national Curriculum in England Framework Document (DfE) 2014)
Please see our Science curriculum overview listed below.