Science at St. Paul’s aims to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
This process begins in our Early Years, where children are encouraged to make sense of their physical world and their community through a wide variety of experiences delivered in a fun and engaging way, inside and outside of the classroom. As the children move through school, they develop their knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. All children are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.
The curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced enabling all children to develop their knowledge and skills whilst revisiting key learning. The use of graphic organisers and knowledge notes in Science across the school, enables ‘double barrel’ learning to take place, supporting children in knowing more and remembering more. This is achieved through retrieval practice, partner work and assessment.