Greenleaf’s science curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
* develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding 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 knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
Through first hand experiences (within the classroom, the school environment - including our allotment - and local resources) the children are encouraged to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena, ask questions, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. Through these experiences children are supported to recognise the power of rational explanation and the value in working scientifically.
Children are taught the skills of ‘working scientifically’ using a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions including: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources.
As the children progress through the school they are taught to become increasingly independent and sophisticated in asking, investigating and reflecting on the effectiveness of their work as scientists.
The curriculum is planned to ensure children in:
* Key stage 1 use scientific language to talk about what they have found out and communicate their ideas to a range of audiences in a variety of ways;
* Lower key stage 2 draw conclusions and use some scientific language, first, to talk about and, later, to write about what they have found out;
* Upper key stage 2 draw conclusions based on their data and observations, use evidence to justify their ideas, and use their scientific knowledge and understanding to explain their findings.
For further information on our expectations for all children in Science by the time they leave Greenleaf, please click here.