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Science

Purpose of study

Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils will be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key knowledge and concepts, pupils will be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. Pupils will be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Science at St Mark's means developing an understanding of our environment – primarily through experience, exploration and interaction with scientific phenomena. The purpose of this teaching is to enable pupils to take responsibility for their role in the maintenance of a healthy life and the creation of a safe environment, not only for their own benefit, but also for the benefit of human beings, animals and plants in the world.

Aims

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.

Curriculum

Key Stage One

Plants
Animals, including humans
Everyday materials
Seasonal changes
Living things and their habitats

Key Stage Two

Plants
Animals, including humans
Rocks
Light
Forces and magnets
Living things and their habitats
States of matter
Sound
Electricity
Properties and changes of materials
Earth and space
Evolution and inheritance

Enrichment activities

At St Mark's we extend pupils' learning by getting involved in a range of experiences such as SMILE meadow, Forest Skills sessions, visits to the Ashdown Forest, Science Day and inviting a range of external speakers, including parents, to share with our pupils some of the science they use in their everyday lives.

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