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Science

Science
 
At William Penn School, we follow the National Statutory Framework for EYFS and the National Curriculum for years one through six. We teach the knowledge, skills and understanding detailed in these documents through the three disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics, but known as all round science lessons. As children progress through the school further developing their scientific understanding, so does their confidence and knowledge of how to work scientifically. The main focus is that of developing scientific enquiry skills, which are taught throughout each of the contexts, as laid out in the National Curriculum. This enables the children to develop their investigative skills of observing, questioning, fair testing, predicting, measuring, recording, analysing and concluding in a variety of situations.

The children are encouraged to recognise the significance of rational explanation and to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena, as science is exciting. The pupils are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what happens in the world around us, predict how things will behave, and analyse the causes, with emphasis on the need for evidence. 
Emphasis is also placed on practical science work to solidify each child’s learning, as this creates excitement for learning and encourages first-hand experience. The children are taught to undergo the experiments in a confident and safe manner. Furthermore, the children enjoy discovering surprising results and the development of investigative skills, whilst demonstrating having an enquiring mind and co-operation with their teammates.

The national curriculum for science 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.

  • substantive knowledge (i.e. the science content) will be taught in units, and the disciplinary knowledge (i.e. working scientifically) is taught in context. Hierarchical elements of working scientifically will be reflected in the units and therefore this will be built up accordingly.

 
Through our continuing emphasis on the importance of science, both in school and around the world, our children develop a clearer understanding of how science influences and changes their lives and how it is vital to the world’s future prosperity.
https://www.youtube.com/@AumSumWhatIf
 
YouTube -> AumSum What If
 
At William Penn we watch AumSum videos to encourage critical, analytical and scientific and out-of-the-box thinking. Please do explore them at home to using the link above.
 
 
Fun science experiments you can do at home!
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