A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building 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. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. (DfE, 2014)
Here at Ringway we believe that the study of science will stimulate children into seeking greater knowledge both of the world in which they live, and in the processes shaping that world. We aim to develop curious scientists who are keen to uncover new learning as they study their environment and the organisms around them.
Science provides opportunities for personal investigation and experimentations, and we at Ringway believe in the importance of experience, and the benefits of conducting practical research: working with clear understanding of the importance of safety; using specialist scientific equipment; testing our theories and hypotheses; proving for ourselves the scientific facts we have learned.
As science advances every day, we think it is important to consider changes in key thinking, and how individuals have made impact in their respective fields. Scientific understanding has never been static, and we recognise the need to understand its development.
Our science curriculum at Ringway, based on the National Curriculum for England, allows children to revisit topics of study, building on previous knowledge and understanding as science is studied in greater breadth and depth. Problem solving, creative thinking and critical analysis are just some of the skills promoted in our study.
We recognise that it is important to be able to verbalise our knowledge and understanding, growing ever-increasingly confident in adopting and using scientific terminology, allowing us to communicate clearly and efficiently as we work independently or collaboratively. We benefit from cross-curricular learning through recording investigations using different genres of writing and recording results and data in different statistical formats.
As a key STEM subject, science plays an important role not only in our world, but also in future careers; at Ringway we believe it is never too soon to begin a secure grounding in science – who knows where it could lead?