“A good scientist is a person in whom the childhood quality of perennial curiosity lingers on. Once he gets an answer, he has other questions."
- Frederick Seitz
Science Subject Leader: Mrs B Bowes
Science and engineering are vitally important industries. Even if children don’t follow a career in science, they will grow up in a world that requires scientific knowledge and understanding - whether that be looking after their health, protecting the planet or choosing and using new technology. At Stamford Bridge Primary School, our aim is to provide excellent opportunities for science learning so that children have a greater understanding of, and respect for, the world around them. We want to encourage children to be inquisitive and keen to investigate and learn, letting them experience the joy of ‘finding out’. We want to motivate children to develop a lifelong love of science and to make links between classroom learning and the real world.
In teaching science , we are developing in our children:
- a positive attitude towards science and an awareness of its fascination;
- confidence and competence in scientific knowledge, concepts and skills;
- an ability to reason, predict, think logically and to work systematically and accurately;
- an ability to communicate scientifically;
- the initiative to work both independently and in co-operation with others;
- the ability and meaning to use and apply science across the curriculum and real life.
Science is taught as a weekly lesson of at least an hour, from Year 1 to Year 6. We plan a two-year cycle of science topics to ensure that children in mixed-year classes cover the full curriculum with a progression of knowledge and skills. Medium term plans are written for each topic by a teacher in each of KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2. Where appropriate, teachers may mix classes and teach a rotation of lessons to allow children to experience a range of teachers’ styles and expertise, and to work with a wider variety of their peers. Outdoor learning, practical investigation and ‘hands-on learning’ are used as often as possible in our science lessons. We welcome visiting scientists and STEM Ambassadors into school to run workshops and take part in science fair events.