Why we teach it
‘Science was born as a result and consequence of philosophy; it cannot survive without a philosophical base. If philosophy perishes, science will be next to go’ Ayn Rand
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, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Almost everything that a person does requires a basic knowledge of science, and logical reasoning that is based on this subject. 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 is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
How we teach it
At Bidston Avenue we use ‘Switched on Science’ scheme to deliver the required National Curriculum objectives for the subject. Switched on Science has equal expectations for all pupils and the programme is ambitious for all. It also recognises that some pupils require additional support and offers suggestions where appropriate.
Most science work our pupils engage with is based on practical activity, working in small groups, pairs, or as a class. Science can be taught in many ways but practical creative activities can be better suited to group work. Where possible a creative approach is used for the planning of science. The 5 types of Enquiry (Classifying, Pattern Seeking, Observing Changes over Time, Research and Fair Testing) methods are incorporated into the delivery of the units of work and Computing is used whenever possible to enhance learning.
We value work with local industries. Visits by specialists in Industry e.g. Eureka Merseyside and Arup Liverpool have allowed the pupils first-hand experience of how Science can be used in their future occupations and careers and every opportunity is made to develop and embed this to secure their thirst and life-long learning through Science.
How you can support your child in Science
Science experiments done at home give children a fun experiential way to learn. You probably have most of the materials you need to do these science experiments sitting around in cupboards and drawers.
Listening to podcasts can be a wonderfully engaging activity that facilitates learning, reduces screen time, develops auditory skills, and provides learning opportunities outside of the classroom. Thankfully, podcasts made for kids are becoming more readily available and easily accessible.