Science

Vision Statement for Science

At St Thomas’, we aim to provide pupils with a Science curriculum that enables them to explore and discover the world around them, providing excellent opportunities for pupils to make meaningful links between learning and the real world. We nurture curiosity by encouraging pupils to pose ‘big questions’ and in turn develop wonderment and a sense of excitement about Science.

St Thomas’ scientists are encouraged to engage with the Science curriculum through lessons rooted in scientific enquiry, beginning in Early Years through to Year 6. We believe it is vital to promote and develop transferrable skills such as observation, communication and team work to involve the whole child as a lifelong learner. Our objective is to provide lessons which consolidate prior knowledge, encourage deeper understanding and that are rooted in scientific vocabulary.

At the heart of our progressive science curriculum is scientific investigation. We aim to accomplish this by providing practical hands-on experiences that encourage a deeper understanding and curiosity with questioning.  We nurture children’s curiosity through making use of our school grounds and local area, inviting visitors into school including animal workshops and health professionals, trips to museums and forest school sessions.

Through the growing knowledge of Science pupils will design tests, carry out investigations and collect data teaching logical thinking and the importance of a methodical approach. Pupils will recognise the power of rational explanation using correct scientific vocabulary and will draw conclusions based on outcomes. They will test theories and hypotheses developing critical thinking skills, enabling children to make links between ideas. St Thomas’ Scientists, become open minded and respectful of their world and each other. By being motivated, reflective and resilient learners they will be able to articulate their understanding of key concepts and recognise how Science has changed their lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity.

We grow together in Science by: 

  • Having the ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that it brings. 
  • Developing confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations. 
  • Acquiring excellent scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.
  • Having the ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork.
  • Instilling a passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies building on natural curiosities.
  • Working collaboratively to develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of scientific ideas.
  • Encouraging open-mindedness, self-assessment and perseverance
  • Extending and developing our pupil’s scientific concept of their world, making links between Science and other subjects.

 As scientists, we aim follow our school’s curriculum vision in order to
Be Curious, Be Knowledgeable, Be Creative, Be Compassionate,
Be Reflective, Be Courageous.

Growing together through faith in Jesus Christ, ‘Let all you do be done in love.’

(1 Corinthians 16)

 

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