"The World is full of wonders but they become more wonderful, not less wonderful when science looks at them" Sir David Attenborough
At St Edburg’s, our Science curriculum is designed to support the children in finding out more about our world and to inspire the pupils to want to both explore and appreciate the world around them. It is our aim to foster a sense of wonder about natural phenomena and promote curiosity about how things work. If there has been a sudden downpour that has encouraged every snail in the world out to say “hello!” then we want our children to be able to collect a magnifying glass and investigate! When the snow makes an appearance, we want the children to have the freedom to wonder “Are all snowflakes the same?” and then suggest ways of exploring.
We use and embrace the outdoor and natural spaces around school to allow the children to explore and wonder, ask and answer their own questions and ultimately develop a sense of responsibility for the world around them. Children are encouraged to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings. Our children are provided with the opportunities to learn and experience science in various forms such as practical experiments, observation tasks and interpreting and recording data.
We also focus on how our Science learning can impact us all and support us in looking after the world around us. Our pupils develop a love for our world and nature. Our teaching of Science across the school emphasises our responsibility to understand how things work and how we can ensure we look after the world for our future generations.
We also look to make relevant links with important scientific discoveries, introducing the children to Scientists that have made significant contributions to support and change concepts and ideas. We discuss a range of scientists across different cultures and backgrounds explaining the impact they have had in their scientific field.
Science is visible in the school. Each classroom has books and resources that facilitate and promote curiosity. Through planned investigations and ‘spur of the moment’ responses, we encourage a culture of questioning and ‘noticing’.