At Colerne Science learning stimulates and excites children’s curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It also strives to satisfy this curiosity with investigation, discovery and knowledge.
We believe that because Science links direct practical experience with ideas, it can engage our children at many levels. Scientific method is about developing and evaluating explanations through experimental evidence and modelling. This enables children to be critical and to think creatively. Through scientific learning, children develop an understanding of how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change, the impact on industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life.
We teach our children to recognise the cultural significance of Science and trace its worldwide development. They learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world.
In the teaching of science at Colerne we aim to:
- Develop an everyday application of scientific knowledge in the world around us
- Develop a respect for all living things and the environment and an understanding of their interdependence
- Promote the learning of skills, understanding and key vocabulary through a scientific attitude to the solving of problems
- Develop the skills of experimenting, devising and carrying out investigations and testing hypotheses by means of fair tests
- Communicate and record information following practical observations
- Promote confidence in the use of appropriate scientific equipment correctly and safely, including the use of ICT to collect and display data
- Encourage the ability to make predictions and suggest explanations based on an understanding of the world around them and scientific knowledge
- Develop an ability to understand and interpret scientific information presented in verbal, mathematical, diagrammatic or graphic form and translating such information from one form to another.
At Colerne we are very fortunate to have a rich resource in our school site and immediate surroundings. We use our outdoor environment as distinct learning spaces where children regularly investigate, observe and test ideas.
Parents are invited to find out more about our Science curriculum through our very popular themed curriculum evenings, where they take part in activities and investigations alongside their child.
We work alongside colleagues at Bath University and local secondary schools to further support and enrich our children’s experiences in Science.