We believe learning in science is fundamental to understanding the world in which we live and work. It helps people to clarify ideas, to ask questions, to test explanations through measurement and observation, and to use their findings to establish the worth of an idea. As with every other subject we expect our pupils to be innovative life-long learners in Science.
In-line with the National Curriculum, science at Whitchurch Primary School involves pupils investigating the living, physical, material, and technological components of their environment and making sense of them in logical and creative ways. The working scientifically element of the new Curriculum specifies the understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science for each year group. It has been embedded within the content of biology, chemistry and physics, focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions. We aim to build on their natural curiosity encouraging them to observe, make predictions based on those observations, form a hypothesis, plan and carry out investigations and experiments. They then record and interpret information and results and communicate their findings to others.
Science at Whitchurch Primary School reflects the importance and use of scientific vocabulary and articulating scientific concepts clearly and precisely. The children are assisted in making their thinking clear, both to themselves and others, and teachers ensure that pupils build secure foundations by using discussion to probe and remedy their misconceptions.
We are a well-equipped school with a large variety of science resources; this includes our Eco-Garden and pond. Children at our school learn to choose and use appropriate materials and resources safely while having fun, learning. Year groups organise trips and welcome visitors into school to support and enhance the learning of science. Please look at our Science Frog site for further updates and photographs of what we do in science at Whitchurch Primary School.