We live in an increasingly scientific and technological age where children need to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to prepare them for life in the 21st century. We, at St Mary and St Joseph's School believe that the teaching of science develops in children an interest and curiosity about the world in which they live, and fosters in them a respect for the environment.
We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. Through the programmes of study in the National Curriculum science document children will acquire and develop these skills throughout their Primary years.
We believe that science promotes communication in a specific and precise language involving mathematical and logical thinking. It allows children to develop ways of thinking. It allows children to develop ways of finding out for themselves and gives them in practice in problem solving.
As their knowledge and understanding increases and they become more proficient in selecting and using scientific equipment and collating and interpreting results they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence. Science fosters a healthy curiosity in children about our universe and promotes respect for the living and non living. It allows children to develop original ideas and a questioning attitude.
In science, pupils are encouraged to be open-minded and to try and make sense of what they see and find out. The main focus of approach will be through open-ended activities where we encourage children to recognise the need for fair testing.