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Shipham Church of England First School





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.