Science – Our Ethos
Physicians take an oath that commits them to ‘first do no harm’; the best science teachers, set out to ‘first develop and maintain curiosity’ in their pupils. Without curiosity and wonder children lose their natural inclination to observe the world, ask questions of it and investigate to find answers. Like this, primary science should be child-led, enquiry based and saturated with curiosity and wonder for both teachers and pupils.
The Purpose of Study
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, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. 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. Above all science should be interesting and fun for young children.
At John Ball pupils learn science through the structure of the new National Curriculum and through cross curricular links with other subjects wherever possible. Science is divided into two areas: the three bodies of knowledge, which are biology, chemistry and physics, and then ‘working scientifically,’ which focuses on scientific skills. As far as possible we endeavour to cover this curriculum through child-led science investigations providing a rich and interesting experience for our pupils.