In Goddard Park Science allows learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live, through practical first hand experiences and secondary sources. These allow the children to observe, investigate, make sense of and communicate their findings. Science is taught through cross curricular topics and through incidental or spontaneous events or occurrences (usually child centred), which promote independent learning.
- Developing the skills of investigation – including observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating.
- To allow the learners to apply mathematical skills in real contexts and learn why these skills are useful and helpful to understanding.
- Developing the use of ICT in investigating and recording.
- Enabling our learners to become effective communicators of scientific ideas, facts and data.
- Developing the use of scientific language, recording and techniques.
We aim to:
- Develop and extend our learners natural sense of curiosity about the world they live in
- Prepare our learners for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world
- Help our learners acquire a growing understanding of scientific ideas
- Develop understanding of the international and collaborative nature of science
- Foster concern about, and actively care for, our environment
- Become effective communicators of scientific ideas, facts and data
- Work safely
- Use ICT effectively
Knowledge, skills and attitudes
- To question.
- Use their senses to develop a sense of curiosity about things they observe and experience, to explore the world about them.
- Develop their understanding of scientific ideas and make links between different phenomena and experiences.
- Think about models to represent things they cannot directly experience.
- Try to make sense of phenomena, seeking explanations and thinking critically about ideas and claims.
- To encourage independent thinking.
- To encourage curiosity and originality.
- To work co-operatively in a group, listening to others and treating these with respect.
- To develop a respect for the environment, living things and for their own health and safety.
- To encourage open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance,
- Responsibility and willingness to tolerate uncertainty.
- To help the child act sensitively when dealing with the living and non-living environment.