At All Saints Academy, we recognise that science is important because as a body of knowledge, it helps us to understand the world that we live in. The skills and knowledge of science can be applied widely in everyday life and crucially, science methodology forms the basis of sound intellectual enquiry.
Science is a very practical subject which develops a spirit of enquiry built through the experimental testing of ideas which encourages and develops a child's natural curiosity.
Our aims in teaching science at All Saints Academy are that all children will:
have the opportunity to stimulate and excite their curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them and to satisfy this curiosity with knowledge
retain and develop their natural sense of curiosity about the world around them
develop a set of attitudes which will promote scientific ways of thinking, including open-endedness, perseverance, objectivity and a recognition of the importance of teamwork
be able to ask and answer scientific questions
know appropriate scientific vocabulary
be able to communicate and relate science to everyday life, developing these experiences through scientific investigations
understand health and safety issues relating to science (e.g. electricity, cigarettes, sugar, and tooth decay, the consumption of fatty foods)
Science is taught as part of topic work or as a discrete subject, depending on the topic covered. It is also included in sustainability and residential visits. The local area provides a rich variety of opportunities for the teaching of science.
Enjoyable scientific experiences foster confidence, encourage the ability to ask questions and help children absorb the knowledge and skills associated with scientific methods of investigation. Through their powers of observation, prediction, investigation and by interpreting their results children can, in collaboration with others, develop their knowledge about the world in which they live.