At St Patrick’s we aim to foster an environment where pupils develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena, where they gain a solid foundation in the knowledge, methods, processes and use of science, providing them with the skills to transition to each stage of their learning.
It is our intention to provide a creative and enjoyable environment for pupils to explore and engage in the world around them, within and beyond the school grounds. That they will understand their decisions and actions have both positive and negative lasting effects upon the world and its population. They will pursue their knowledge by accessing high quality books and resources.
It is our intention that children acquire the skills to work collaboratively with their peers, asking a range of questions, planning enquiries and communicating their findings with others. They will become familiar with the 5 different types of scientific enquiry: pattern-seeking; observing over time; comparative and fair testing; grouping, sorting and classifying; researching. Learning will be initiated through a ‘hook’ and followed by exploration and practical, hands-on learning. This will be child- initiated, where possible, with clear cross – curricular links.
It is our intention that children understand what contributes to healthy lifestyle and well- being. They can make informed choices about protecting their health and the environment.
It is our intention that children are given increasingly complex, scientific problems to solve, so they acquire the skills to face the challenges of the future.
It is our intention to celebrate how different cultures have contributed to scientific knowledge. Pupils will engage with greater enthusiasm in a curriculum that reflects their cultural identity. Through their studies, the children will develop strong, scientific vocabulary and appreciate the importance of being able to communicate their work clearly.