Stanton Bridge Primary School


Science Statement of Intent

At Stanton Bridge primary school we aim to give children a high-quality science education that provides 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, process and uses of science.

Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts (in the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics) pupils will be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation.

By the use of practical, hands on, real life experiences applied to different types of science enquiries we aim to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena and help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them. They will be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Our curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

The curriculum for science reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development – cognitively, socially and linguistically. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are key factors in developing their scientific vocabulary and articulating scientific concepts clearly and precisely. They must be assisted in making their thinking clear, both to themselves and others, and teachers should ensure that pupils build secure foundations by using discussion to probe and remedy their misconceptions.