Science is all around us. A high-quality science education 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, all pupils at Shirley Park are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Science is relevant to everything we do and is part of our lives. We believe it is vital to develop pupil’s knowledge and understanding as well as foster a passion for the subject. From Early Years to the end of Key Stage 2, pupils take an excitingly investigative approach to Science offering a hands on approach. Science also plays a key role in pupil’s cognitive development as they need thinking skills such as predicting, analysing and hypothesising. Pupils begin their Science learning journey in the Early Years through digging, planting, growing with water and sand play for sensory exploration. A sense of awe and wonder is instilled and is built on as pupils progress through the school.
Science is taught explicitly in every year group from Year 1 upwards. It is taught in a spiral manner where the basics of a topic are taught lower down in the school and then built upon in later years.
In March we hold a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) week where we complete a project as a whole school.