Science Overview and Skills

Science is a dynamic, forward looking collaborative human endeavour that provides a distinctive way of thinking about and explaining the events and phenomena in the world. The rapid advances in the different scientific areas and technology and their impact on society and the environment, requires science education to develop pupils who are scientifically literate and have an interest in and an understanding of the world around them.

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

With this in mind, science is central to the children’s learning at Telscombe Cliffs Community Primary School. Some of our learning journeys have science as the main driving force, ensuring that it is taught regularly and consistently throughout the year.

To ensure coverage of the new science curriculum, we have created exciting learning journeys that engage and stimulate the children, encouraging them to learn through a ‘hands on’ approach. In so doing, we endeavour to foster pupils’ curiosity, imagination and wonder. With the requirements from the National Curriculum at the forefront, we ensure that the different learning objectives within each unit of study are covered, guaranteeing progression across the year groups. They will also be encouraged to develop a bank of skills and an understanding of the processes required to be able to carry out scientific investigations.

At Telscombe Cliffs, we have developed outside areas to support the science curriculum including a nature garden which has bug hotels, bird feeders and a pond with a selection of interesting and diverse habitats. We have an allotment where the children are able to plant and gardening clubs that take place in the summer months. Our children also have the benefit from learning aspects of the science curriculum through our Forest School where we believe that every child should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of their learning and development. These sessions provide opportunities for the children to explore the world around them and foster a fascination and curiosity about the world in which they live.