Science at Leigh Primary School
Children at Leigh Primary School will experience all aspects of Science developed in the updated National Curriculum Programmes of Study. These statutory and non-statutory requirements will provide the foundation for science teaching across the school and supplemented with specific investigations to enable all pupils to achieve the ‘working scientifically’ statutory requirements:
- scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of
biology, chemistry and physics
- understanding of nature, processes and methods of science through different types of
- be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications
of science today and for the future
The children are enabled to achieve this through the rich curriculum offered in the form of our Cornerstones imaginative learning (ILP) projects as well as discreet Science lessons.
Our aim is that all children will take part in practical scientific investigations and problem solving activities with an ongoing and developing understanding of practical scientific methods alongside improving investigative processes and skills as they move through each Key Stage.
Aims for teaching science
The main aim of science is to develop an enquiring mind, helping the children as they learn to understand the world around them (improving their knowledge and having fun at the same time). To achieve these key aims the following should be developed:
- To create an interest and positive attitude towards science.
- To provide opportunities for children to explore both the physical and biological worlds.
- To create an environment in which children learn to use previous knowledge and skills to solve technological problems.
- To encourage children to work co-operatively to collect information and exchange ideas to further their investigations.
- To provide an environment where children are encouraged to explore and experiment.
- To develop manipulative and language skills.
- To provide experiences which enable the child to use and become familiar with scientific processes.
- To encourage children to acquire information from various sources and to check and compare their findings.
- To make the children aware of the environment and to develop enquiring minds.
- To encourage children to identify patterns and to seek to explain them.
- To set up appropriate investigations which will explain observed patterns.
- To train children to become skilled in handling equipment effectively and safely.