In both Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3, pupils at Roysia are taught in two fully equipped specialist science laboratories by well qualified scientists for all of their science lessons. The science curriculum is delivered over three periods a week giving plenty of opportunity for an investigative, hands on approach wherever possible.
We believe that is important to provide our pupils with an exciting experience which maintains a curiosity in the world around them and a desire to continue science learning. Each year we are visited by the Astronomy Roadshow which offers a fun and informative insight into the Earth in Space. We have fostered good links with local industry and will be taking part in the ‘Children Challenging Industry’ project this year for the second time. This summer saw our first whole school STEM day where pupils, helped by the expertise of a forensic scientist spent the day working to solve a crime. We already have plans for our next STEM Day-watch this space!
The three key aspects of the national curriculum for science are;
- Spoken language and scientific vocabulary
- Scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding
- The nature, processes and methods of science
Purpose of study
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.
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.
Source: Department for Education