What will children learn?
At Thundersley Primary School, we want children to be curious and excited about natural phenomena. Following our Science curriculum, children will think and work like scientists and understand the important work that scientists do. We aim to develop children’s scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They will be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. They will have firm foundations laid for being equipped to study and work in a scientific field.
How will children learn?
At Thundersley Primary School, we will achieve this by:
- Teaching stimulating and challenging science lessons.
- Learning how to work scientifically within the content of the Biology, Chemistry and Physics themes.
- Providing opportunities for observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing; and researching using secondary sources.
- Ensuring that every child can fully engage and challenge their thinking.
- Working within the variety of habitats our school grounds provide, including Forest School experiences.
- Developing children’s science capital by hands on experiences e.g. with animals and going on trips.
- Inviting speakers to talk about their science based careers.
- Providing opportunities for children and their families to be Citizen Scientists e.g. The Big Garden Birdwatch.
- Working with local schools to provide training for teachers and exciting experiences for pupils. e.g. The Enthuse Partnership.
What will children achieve?
By the time our children complete their journey at Thundersley Primary School, they will be able to ask and answer their own scientific questions using their ability to work scientifically. They will be able to record or present their findings in a variety of ways, using scientific vocabulary correctly. They will have the knowledge to understand how scientists are helping to solve the problems currently facing our world e.g. COVID and climate change. They will be introduced to a wide variety of scientific careers, recognise that they too can work in a scientific field and aspire to do so.