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St James' Church of England

Primary School & Nursery



At St James’ Primary and Nursery our vision is to give children a Science curriculum which enables them to explore and discover the world around them, confidently, so that they have a deeper understanding of the world we live in. To achieve this it involves exciting, practical hands on experiences that encourage curiosity and questioning.

Our aim is that these stimulating and challenging experiences help children secure and extend their scientific knowledge and vocabulary. We believe that these opportunities will ensure that our children are confident, life-long leaRners who will explore the world around them.

Science represents a body of knowledge which is built up through experimental testing of idea and which is organised in a way that makes it easy to use. It is also a methodology, a practical way of finding reliable answers to questions.



Our aims in teaching Science are that all children will:

*retain and develop their natural sense of curiosity about the world around them
*find science enjoyable and exciting
*develop a set of attitudes which will promote scientific ways of thinking, including perseverance, objectivity and a recognition of the importance of teamwork
*come to understand the nature of ‘scientific method’ involving: careful observation, the making and testing of predictions, the design of fair and controlled experiments, the drawing of meaningful conclusions through critical reasoning and the evaluation of evidence
*become effective communicators of scientific ideas, facts and data
*begin to build up a body of scientific knowledge and understanding which will serve as a foundation for future enquiery

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