Intent: Why teach Science?
Here at Westbury on Trym CofE Academy, our aim is to build on the children’s natural curiosity about the world around them. We teach the National Curriculum requirements which state that, ‘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-00182-2013)
Implementation: How is Science taught at Westbury on Trym CE Academy?
We place great emphasis on the importance of working scientifically and encourage practical, child-led investigations whenever possible. The children further develop their understanding of scientific enquiry by spending time to analyse and discuss their results, often followed by subsequent investigations based on what they have found. As a result, the children begin to appreciate the way science is an integral part of our lives. The curriculum develops scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the disciplines of biology, physics and chemistry. Science is taught discreetly each week, whilst cross-curricular links involving maths, topic and English are drawn upon whenever possible.We are extremely passionate about giving our children real life scientific experiences and continue to build strong links with STEM professionals in our local community. See some of our wonderful workshops and events below:
Science Photo Gallery