Science teaching at Bishop Ian Ramsey C of E Primary aims to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future. Scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each topic that the children study and these topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at school. For example, topics such as ‘Plants’ are taught in Key Stage 1 and studied again in further detail in Key Stage 2. This model allows children to build upon their prior knowledge and increases their enthusiasm for the topics whilst embedding this procedural knowledge into the long-term memory. Concepts taught are reinforced by focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions. By being engaged and encouraged to be excited and curious about natural phenomena in Science, the children will be upholding our Christian vision to ‘Shine as a light in the world’ (Philippians 2: 14-15).
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