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The Importance of Science

Science stimulates and excites pupils' curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them.  It also satisfies this curiosity with knowledge.  Because science links direct practical experience with ideas, it can engage learners at many levels.  Scientific method is about developing and evaluating explanations through experimental evidence and modelling.  This is a spur to critical and creative thought.  Through science, pupils understand how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change - impacting on industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life.  Pupils recognise the cultural significance of science and trace its worldwide development.  They learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world.

The Objectives of Teaching Science

Children will be taught the importance of collecting evidence by making observations and taking measurements.  They will be involved in planning, obtaining and presenting evidence and considering evidence and evaluating when engaged in investigation.

During both Key Stages, children will be taught about life processes and living things, materials and their properties and physical processes.

Children Will be Taught

Materials

  • Grouping and classifying materials
  • Changing materials
  • Separating mixtures of materials

Physical Processes

  • Electricity
  • Forces and motion
  • Light and sound
  • The Earth and beyond