At The Berkeley we believe that the development of scientific skills is a crucial, core entitlement for all of our pupils. Science stimulates and excites pupil curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It also satisfies their curiosity with knowledge. Because science links direct, practical experience with ideas, it can engage learners at many levels. Pupils recognise the cultural significance of science and trace its worldwide development. In line with our Curriculum Drivers the children will learn to question and discuss science based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and future of the world.
Our Aims are to:
- Develop an awareness and understanding of the role and importance of science in everyday life
- Appreciate and tolerate the constantly changing nature of scientific knowledge
- Use scientific procedures of investigation
- Introduce, develop and study the application of science in a broad range of contexts
- Understand some of the current major concepts of science
- Understand that learning science contributes to personal development including problem solving skills and cooperative group work
The curriculum is implemented differently across the Key Stages to reflect the needs of the children:
- In EYFS, pupils learn through ‘Understanding the World’. This is completed through indoor and outdoor provision as well as small group and whole class inputs. Learning follows the children’s interests, topical events and structured opportunities.
- In KS1 and KS2, children follow the National Curriculum and take part in discrete lessons following a scheme of work.
Children at The Berkeley:
- Build on prior knowledge and understanding
- Experience a range of lessons, offering an abundance of practical opportunities
- Be provided with changes to work scientifically
- Develop scientific vocabulary in Science lessons and the wider curriculum
- Make predictions, ask questions and set up investigations
- Lead investigations
- Explore the world around them
- Take part in National Science Week
- Have the opportunity to achieve the Bachelor of Science award each half term
- Complete concept cartoons to assess their knowledge
- Have the opportunity to attend educational visits and/or have workshops within our school environment
- Engage in wider school projects with strong STEM links
- Children will be provided with the foundations for understanding the world.
- Children will be exposed to and understand high quality vocabulary that can apply in a range of situations.
- Children will have a wide variety of skills linked to scientific knowledge, skills and enquiry.
- Children will be able to think critically and analytically.
- Children will be able to ask questions based on curiosity of the world around them.