The principal focus of science teaching in upper key stage 2 is to enable pupils to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. They should do this through exploring and talking about their ideas; asking their own questions about scientific phenomena; and analysing functions, relationships and interactions more systematically. At upper key stage 2, they should encounter more abstract ideas and begin to recognise how these ideas help them to understand and predict how the world operates.
Science is taught and learned through individual, group and whole class work, both in explicit science lessons and through cross curricular teaching. Through working scientifically (investigation and experimental work,) children are given the opportunity to discover and investigate the world around them. We aim to allow children to develop an enquiring mind and a scientific approach to problems by teaching them the skills of observation, recording and interpreting. We also encourage them to question what they observe and to work co-operatively.
The health and environmental aspects of Science make a major contribution to the cross-curricular themes of Health Education and Environmental Education. Every effort is made to ensure that Science activities and investigations provide the children with equal opportunities and the safe use of equipment is promoted at all times.