At Brookhurst, we aim to develop children’s passion for Science through an exciting, practical and challenging curriculum. Our vision is to develop children’s ideas and thinking in a way that encourages them to investigate and make sense of the world around them.
Through our Science curriculum, children are equipped with the knowledge and transferable skills they need to become enthusiastic scientists. We firmly believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives where there are no limits to curiosity and where all children are exposed to new experiences and knowledge through a varied curriculum regardless of barriers to learning.
The intent of our Science curriculum is to ensure that all children are taught age appropriate science subject knowledge as laid out by the National Curriculum.
The 2014 national curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through different types of Science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- are equipped with the scientific skills required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future
The provision of high-quality teaching and learning for pupils at Brookhurst Primary School will enable them to discover that the three Science disciplines (biology, chemistry and physics) are not only great fun but also enhances their sense of curiosity.
By following the 2014 National Curriculum for Science, pupils of all abilities will develop scientific knowledge through exciting and real-life experiments, giving them a clear conceptual understanding in the five areas of Science enquiry:
- Observation over time
- Pattern seeking
- Identifying, classifying and grouping
- Comparative and fair testing
- Research using secondary sources
The practical enrichment to their science curriculum can also be taught in our outdoor environmental area - The Spinney - giving a unique opportunity to incorporate cross-curricular themes into Science teaching. Our Forest School curriculum allows us to take science outside and learn through first hand experiences such as observing mini-beasts in their natural habitat, identifying different types of living things and investigating the environment. Their understanding of life on earth will be enhanced through teaching different types of Science enquiries, acquiring key knowledge of each unit through a variety of exciting topics thus equipping them to better understand what is happening now and in the future. Pupils will be encouraged to be inquisitive about our universe whilst promoting a respect for the living and non-living; giving them a link to the wider world and creating life-long learners.