At Northbourne we provide a high-quality science education which provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. We utilise the Kent science syllabus, written by Andrew Berry.
Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. We encourage pupils to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Via the national curriculum for science, we aim 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.
At Northbourne we also use our Forest School environment to further our science learning by promoting the world around us. Children have opportunities to explore different areas of science through experiential learning such as using identification keys, recognising seasonal changes and learning the science behind practical skills such as fire lighting.
We also use ‘Big Books’ for some learning so that the children’s experiences can be recorded and celebrated as a whole class. As the children progress through the school they are expected to use more scientific working in formal books in order to plan, do, review and conclude as well as to record their knowledge and understanding.