Science at Whitehouse Primary
A high-quality 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. Through building 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. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
- The ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that it brings.
- Confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations.
- Excellent scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.
- High levels of originality, imagination or innovation in the application of skills.
- The ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork.
- A passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies.
What will our scientists to be able to do when they leave us?
By the end of their time at Whitehouse Primary School our Year 6 scientists will have built up a body of knowledge which will enable them to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring around them, predict how things will behave and analyse causes. They will recognise the power of a rational explanation and be able to articulate scientific concepts clearly and precisely using accurate technical terminology. Scientific learning experiences will have developed an excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena and the world around them. This will prompt the asking of their own questions and the use of the relevant skills needed to work out and explain their answers. They will have an understanding that scientific ideas change and develop over time and how this has and continues to change our lives and futures. This full and rounded understanding of the world around them will impact their lives, influencing the choices that they make so that through their actions they are able to make the world a better place.