Science at Westbourne
At Westbourne, science is taught through first hand experience, whenever possible, developing both the knowledge and understanding in the area being explored, and also the competence of the children in ways of finding out. The children's initial ideas are developed through investigation and discussion, using concrete, observable evidence, whenever possible.
We want the children to:
• develop lively, independent, enquiring minds, fostering the ability to question and argue rationally and to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills.
• acquire knowledge and skills relevant to adult life in a fast changing world.
• understand the key concepts of science and to be able to use them in unfamiliar situations.
• develop scientific skills to enable them to carry out investigations and solve problems successfully.
• appreciate the contribution science makes to society, including moral and ethical issues raised by developing technology.
• combine interest and curiosity with a responsible attitude towards health and safety.
• respect living organisms and the physical environment.
• develop certain attitudes, such as co-operation, the willingness to tolerate uncertainty and the critical appraisal of information, to enable them to develop their scientific concepts and skills.
• appreciate the uncertain nature of scientific explanations and the excitement of scientific discovery.
• have a positive attitude towards science.
• to be able to communicate effectively.
Children should be able to:
• use appropriate experimental and investigative methods, including questioning, predicting, observing, recording, drawing conclusions and considering the apparatus to be used.
• devise and carry out their investigations independently.
• relate their knowledge of animals and plants to the local environment.
• link knowledge on the variety of life to the need to classify living things.
• apply their knowledge of the properties of materials to the local environment.
• relate their knowledge about solids, liquids and gases to their observations of changes to materials when cooled and heated and to ways mixtures can be separated.
• gain knowledge about physical phenomena through observations.
• see relationships between forces and motion.
• know that light and vibrations from sound sources travel from the source to the detector.
• relate their knowledge of light to the Earth's place in the Solar System.