‘’Science is curiosity and we all have natural curiosity…It’s simply just delving in.’’ – Sally Ride
At St Peter’s we aspire to develop all children’s natural curiosity and love of science. We follow the Hampshire model of teaching and learning in science, which focuses on integrating working scientifically within an enquiry led curriculum. We provide the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
We also recognise that science has changed and continues to change our lives and it is vital to the world’s future prosperity that all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through our hand-on, skills-based approach, we aim to build up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts. Pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.
Instilling a sense of awe and wonder is at the heart of our curriculum to ensure children become lifelong learners with open minds to observe, predict and analyse the natural. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
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.