At Nanaksar Primary, we teach a thorough Science curriculum which involves practical hands on experiences, encouraging curiosity and enquiry and enabling them to have a deeper understanding of the world around them.
There are three main aims in the primary science curriculum:
- Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- Develop an 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
- Equip pupils with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
‘Working scientifically’ is an important aspect of the teaching and learning of science that takes place here at Nanaksar. We want pupils to operate as successful scientists so they are taught a wide range of essential enquiry skills. These skills build upon earlier opportunities they have had to play, explore, create, engage in active learning, and think critically.
Wherever possible, we plan so that the science lesson makes use of the pupils’ practical skills. Practical lessons do not always mean that there are fair or comparative tests involved. For example; it could mean pupils visiting the local Minet Country Park for a grass sweeping activity to look at the different body parts of an insect. We want pupils to be as independent as possible when engaging in their enquiries. This would mean, for example; that they are setting up tests themselves with teachers as facilitators. Pupils are also taught the theory behind the different experiments that they conduct.
Conducting experiments without the scientific knowledge behind them would be of little relevance.