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Science Statement of Intent

Science is a body of knowledge built up through testing ideas. It is also a methodology, a practical way of finding reliable answers to questions about the natural world.  Science at Bishop Wood is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation, as well as using and applying process skills.  Science is a collaborative activity where ideas and suggestions are shared and investigated together.  Through practical enquiries and teamwork, children share experiences, learn how to work together and develop mutual respect for one another. Throughout our programme of study children build on prior learning.  Key subject knowledge is informed by the National Curriculum and builds towards ‘end points’ in accordance with NC expectations.  Working Scientifically skills are mapped for each year group and are progressive between LKS2 and UKS2. The curriculum is designed to ensure that children are able to acquire key scientific knowledge through practical experiences: using equipment, conducting experiments, building conclusions and explaining concepts confidently.  Our approach takes account of our context and the interests of our children.  Children are encouraged to make links with other subjects and to be both reflective and resilient, always asking, how could we have improved what we have done? We aim to provide enrichment opportunities because above all, we want to provide our children with an enjoyable experience of science so they will develop a deep and lasting interest in the world around them and continually build their science capital. Science is taught within the guidelines of our equal-opportunities policy, and we aim to teach science in a broad global and historical context, using the widest possible perspective and including the contributions of people from many different backgrounds for example ensuring that Lewis Latimer is given proper credit alongside Thomas Edison for the lightbulb.  We highlight the work of female scientists because ‘you cannot be what you cannot see’ and for all children and staff, every lesson is underpinned by our core values of wisdom, dignity, hope and community.