St Paul's Science Rationale
A high quality science education will provide St. Paul’s pupils with the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods and processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what and how things are occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
At St. Paul’s Primary School and Nursery, we are scientists! We want our pupils to love science and recognise how it plays an important role in their everyday lives. Therefore, we also want the children at St. Paul’s to remember their Science lessons, share their learning and apply what they have learnt, where they have the opportunity to do so.
Science learning at St. Paul’s is fun and engaging and offers everyone the chance to get involved, gain knowledge and understanding of the wider world and appreciate how the subject has changed the world we live in today. Learning is hands-on and practical, with testing and experimentation at it's heart – backed-up by effective research. We want to equip every child, in the St. Paul’s family, with a core understanding of science. We want them to be curious, inquisitive, questioning. We want them to be able to create and test hypotheses, problem solve and challenge thinking on the basis of evidence. We want to encourage them to aspire to jobs such as engineers, biochemists, astronauts, doctors etc. by igniting their love of science and promoting “thinking outside of the box” to find solutions to scientific theory and solve global problems. After all, science has and will continue to have, a very significant impact on our lives and the world as a whole – our children should be a part of that future.