Science provides the foundation for understanding the world around us. It can not only teach pupils about the world they live in, but also how to study it and make sense of various phenomena. As such, it is a fundamental aspect of all children’s learning.
At Broomhill First School, we ensure statutory compliance with the National Curriculum, and the Early Years Foundation Stage – Development Matters. All pupils will have a solid grounding in science and a positive attitude towards scientific knowledge and experimental processes.
Science is part of our STEM curriculum, which is designed to help our pupils answer the question 'How can we change the world for the better?'
The intention of our science curriculum is for all of our children to develop an age-appropriate understanding of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science, through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Understanding ‘The Bigger Scientific Picture’ of their learning will allow our children to develop their own understanding of the impact of science upon the world around them – comprehending that this has implications both today and in the future.
Our bespoke curriculum design promotes children’s natural curiosity and excitement of science with a rich variety of experiences and observations, tailored to the meet the needs of our learners. In science lessons, children are encouraged to consider how our core values of courage, creativity, connection and curiosity are brought alive in science.
As children progress through school, they will become more proficient in different types of scientific enquiry, applying their growing knowledge to work scientifically through our knowledge-enabled approach. With rich links to reading and employment in scientific industries, science capital can be developed while promoting positive attitudes to STEM, thus influencing aspirations for future study and employment. Given Northumberland's increasingly high-profile for developing STEM industries, a focus on the future is more important than ever.
Our curriculum for science aims 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