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Science Curriculum Intent Statement

Science at Penn Wood School

At Penn Wood School, we follow the National Curriculum for Science. 

A high-quality Science education provides foundations for understanding the world.   It teaches an understanding of natural phenomena and aims to stimulate a child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do. Science teaches methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way science will affect their future on a personal, national, and global level.

We aim 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.

Working and thinking scientifically:

As much as possible, science lessons at Penn Wood School are practical and hands-on.  This allows the children to explore concepts for themselves and control the direction of their own science learning.  The children are encouraged to either decide upon a question to investigate or the equipment and method to use to answer a particular question.  Teachers support children with making predictions and summarising what they have found out at the end of an investigation.

Children in Year 4 made 'a cloud in a bag' to learn about water cycle in Science.

Year 4 children learnt about Electricity and really enjoyed making their working models by using different electrical components.

Year 4 children were busy investigating if different chocolates take different amount of time to melt. Great enquiry skills were used!

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