Science stimulates and excites pupils' curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them through conducting practical, hands on experiments and investigations. It is an integral part of modern culture and stretches the imagination, creativity and curiosity of young people.
The school has adopted the National Curriculum for Science as laid down by the Department for Education.
Purpose of study – National Curriculum (NC), 2014
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. 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.
Follow this link for a more detailed coverage of the full NC ‘Programme of study’.
The school has a carefully structured and well-resourced scheme of work for science which is enriched with extra-curricular opportunities such as an annual Science and Engineering Week in March and participation in the 3M Young Innovators challenge for which teams of St. Bart’s children have won major awards.
Scientists and Engineers visit the school to talk to children about what it is like to work in these areas, fostering their enthusiasm for a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths based career.
The documents listed below, build on the National Curriculum and summary information here and provide a more detailed view of our expectations and intent for the provision of this subject, including curriculum coverage.