The Nature of Science
Curriculum aims for Science:
Learning and undertaking activities in Science contribute to achievement of the curriculum aims for all young people to become:
- Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
- Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
- Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
The importance of Science:
The study of Science fires pupils’ curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. It engages learners at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Pupils learn how knowledge and understanding in Science are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change – affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. They trace the development of Science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of societies and the future of the world.’
Our general aim is to develop in our pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding related to Science which are necessary to everyday life and the links with other subjects. Every opportunity will be given to provide pupils with relevant experience based on their future aspirations.
To develop in our students:
- An enjoyment of Science by providing relevant, interesting and challenging experiences and activities.
- Observational skills, by looking for patterns and contrasts.
- An inquiring mind and a logical approach to problem solving.
- The ability to draw conclusions from simple experiments and, where appropriate, to devise suitable experiments for further investigations, on an individual basis if appropriate.
- Communication skills in speaking and listening, written, diagrammatic and symbolic forms.
- Co-operation and a respect for the opinion of others by being able to work as part of a team – the development of appropriate social skills.
- Confidence in their own abilities.
- A respect for the environment and a careful use of resources.
- An interest in the world about them and a greater understanding of it, whilst reflecting on the moral and spiritual aspects.
The extent to which these aims are appropriate to individual students will depend on their particular learning difficulties. For example, for those with profound and multiple learning difficulties the Science curriculum will enrich their sensory experiences, students with complex learning needs will engage in learning, using a wide variety of tools which will endeavour to meet their personalised styles, whilst pupils with moderate learning difficulties will be able to devise their own experiments.