St SwithunWells Catholic Primary School

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Investigative Science

At St Swithun Wells, we aim for our science education to provide the foundations for understanding the world through the three specific key areas: biology, chemistry and physics. Science is an ever-changing subject that has transformed our lives and is essential to the future of our civilisation; we strive to teach pupils the essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Pupils are taught how to ‘work scientifically’ and use their skills to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse results. Through giving children plenty of opportunities to develop their enquiry skills, we support pupils to: make observations, find patterns, identify, classify and group, fair test and conduct research using secondary sources. It is of vital importance that our children are given the key foundational knowledge and concepts of the world around them and that pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation. We encourage a ‘hands on’, investigative approach to learning and aim to provide children with first-hand practical experiences wherever possible. Through encouraging this approach, children develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.