At Bridge School, science is an inclusive subject that ensures that every child is able to access an exciting, engaging and challenging curriculum which allows pupils to explore and understand why things happen and how things work. Children are given the opportunity to develop, question and discuss the world around them. We believe that through cross-curricular opportunities in science lessons they develop curiosity in the world around us through questioning, discussion and allowing pupils the opportunity to develop practical skills through undertaking investigations. Through undertaking investigations this helps to develop the children’s resilience when need adapting.
As a rural school we are fortunate to have a forest school on our school site which we can use to provide the children with fundamental problem-solving skills, as well as making use the local area to support units such as habitats and plants. We are part of the Canterbury School Science Partnership which provides us with access to high-quality resources and provides additional opportunities for our pupils to access.
Our science curriculum offers a broad range of experiences designed to provide pupils with a progression of scientific understanding, skills and knowledge. We have a whole school approach in how we approach the science curriculum, teachers planning and delivering lessons using Hamilton Trust to ensure progression in the units. Understanding of key ideas in science is built on across the key stages and a progression of skills allows pupils to move from early observations and exploration, to consider questioning and drawing upon ideas.
The 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 knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future