Science at St. Clement’s develops children’s skills and knowledge in biology, physics and chemistry. We help to provide an understanding of natural phenomena and stimulate children’s curiosity in finding out why things happen the way they do. We teach methods of enquiry and investigation which encourage creative thought. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way science will affect their future and the world that they live in.
At St. Clement’s, we teach the knowledge around primary science as well as offer the children opportunities to develop their skills in scientific enquiry: Raising scientific questions, designing an experiment, conducting experiments and concluding and evaluating on the work they have done. Children are able to practice their skills and develop their subject knowledge through a vocabulary rich environment.
In addition to our weekly lessons, we create a termly thematic science day. Here, children have the freedom to conduct experiments which inspire them and develop their skill set in scientific enquiry. Using our relationships with STEM, QinetiQ and Ogden Trust, the children at St Clements get to work alongside experts within their field and develop an understanding of how science is used on a day-to-day basis. The children are encouraged to make decisions for themselves and engage with practical work. Through evaluation, children will also learn how to be critical of their work and that of others and develop their perseverance to achieve an outcome.
This will allow our children not only to explore concepts for themselves but control the direction of their own scientific learning. It will also develop their skills of perseverance, resilience and communication. Children have to pose questions, predict, plan, as well as conclude and evaluate and learn from their mistakes. This progression of skills over their time at school make the results for them far more rewarding. We feel it is vital to nurture creativity and innovation through enquiry, and by exploring the scientific world in which we all live and work.