At St. Matthew’s, science is a practical subject which stimulates the children’s curiosity about the world around them. We use first-hand experiences and investigations to explore, discover and gain scientific knowledge. Children are encouraged to investigate problems by ‘working scientifically’; using a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions. These types of scientific enquiry include: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources. Pupils should seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data. The national curriculum for science reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum – cognitively, socially and linguistically. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are key factors in developing their scientific vocabulary and articulating scientific concepts clearly and precisely.
In 2016 we obtained the Silver Primary Science Quality Mark, which recognises that our school values the importance of science and delivers the subject in a challenging, stimulating and relevant way.
Principles of Science at St Matthew’s
Enthusiasm and curiosity for science is promoted at every opportunity.
Our lessons are practical, engaging and led by the children’s scientific thinking. We endeavour to use art and design to help plan and present our scientific enquiries.
We encourage discussions, reasoning and deeper thinking of scientific concepts.
Our pupils are encouraged to work with one another to further develop their scientific skills and understanding through practical activities and discussions. We also work closely with local Secondary Schools and invite real scientists to inspire the next generation and raise aspirations for future careers in STEAM subjects.