Science Curriculum Statement

 

The National Curriculum for science aims to ensure that all children:

  • develop substantive and disciplinary knowledge through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific skills required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future…it is important for lessons to have a skills-based focus, and that the knowledge can be taught through this.

At Marine Park we want to equip our children with the knowledge and skills to understand the ever-changing world around them.  We recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. Staff encourage our children to be inquisitive throughout their time at our school and beyond.  Science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes.  The children in our school come from varied economic and cultural backgrounds, often having limited life experiences.  Science in our school is, therefore, an important tool in widening their life experiences.  We aim to extend our pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the world around them and to develop their independent thinking.  We work to develop their abilities to plan, predict, explain their decisions and draw conclusions through evaluation.  We embed teaching about STEM careers into our lessons and aim to widen our children’s aspirations.  Our established partnership with Northumbria University’s NUSTEM exposes our children to a wealth of invaluable opportunities that aim to not only foster a love of science, but also raise aspirations and highlight equal opportunities within this field.  As a teacher training hub for NUSTEM, our EYFS continue to support NUSTEM leaders in tailoring their school workshops, before they are launched to other schools.  This ensures that science is an integral part of our EYFS learning journey and helps to promote the natural curiosity of the youngest members of our school. As children progress through school, pupils acquire and develop the key substantive knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group, as well as the appropriate disciplinary knowledge.

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