Science education is about developing a knowledge and understanding of our environment. Science is not only the accumulation of knowledge; it is the method or process by which we arrive at that knowledge.
Exploring, investigating and discovering are what science means to young children. These activities help children to gather the experiences they need to understand the world around them. The development of a scientific approach to problems involves the acquisition of skills and processes as well as knowledge and understanding.
Scientists are motivated by a desire to find out – an intense curiosity. However, they also need perseverance. It is important for children to learn that not every experiment or investigation results in the ‘right’ answer.
The purpose of gaining this understanding is to enable pupils to take responsibility for their role in the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle and the creation of a safe environment; not only for themselves but for all those around them – other humans, animals and plant life.
We want to our students to be Curious and to have a natural interest in things.
- To be collaborative and be able to be part of a team
- To be communicators and effectively put their point across
- To be creative, producing new and interesting ideas and material
- To be committed and not need any external drivers or rewards
- To be confident and be prepared to present and defend opinions
- To develop craftsmanship, having pride in their work and being the best that they can be