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Shipham Church of England First School

Science & Technology




We believe that science is an important subject.  Science has shaped and informed the world we live in today and will continue to do so; therefore it is a vital subject not just for the enjoyment and challenges it offers but also for its contribution to life and future economic prosperity.   Children are born with a natural curiosity about the world around them and when they first begin to speak they frequently question things and ask “why?” 


Within science pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and continue to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.  Alongside this, they will build up a body of key foundational scientific knowledge, passions and concepts, providing the foundations for understanding the world.


All pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.


Our main aims for science, taken from the National Curriculum, are to ensure that all pupils: 


    • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding
    • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through  different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions, some self-posed, 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
    • develop positive attitudes towards learning and enjoy setting, seeking, enquiring, exploring and finding or offering possible ideas and solutions to the many questions that arise as we seek to understand ourselves and the world in which we live.

Design & Technology


Design and Technology is an inspiring and practical subject which incorporates creativity and imagination. Pupils follow a process to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs. Through this process they acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on other subject areas such as mathematics, science, ICT and art. Design and Technology enables pupils to learn how to take risks, and be resourceful and innovative. Through the evaluation of past and present products, pupils develop an understanding of the impact of D & T on daily life and the world around them.




Our main aims for computing are to ensure that all pupils:


    • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
    • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
    • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
    • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.


Computing equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.