Statement of Intent
At Finchale Primary School, it is our intention to enable children to develop the intellectual and practical skills which will allow them to explore and investigate the world of science and develop a fuller understanding of science phenomena, the nature of the theories explaining these, and the procedures of scientific investigation. We provide a science curriculum that provides opportunities for investigative lessons and children are exposed to a wide variety of topics that support their natural curiosity for learning. Our curriculum aims to broaden the children’s scientific view of, and respect for, the world around them, whilst promoting a love for enquiry and wanting to explore new things. We also want to extend their scientific knowledge and skills by revisiting aspects and providing opportunities to deepen learning. We want our pupils to develop a love for science that carries through into later life, instilling in them an awareness of how science is relevant in today’s society. We build on and develop the ‘Working Scientifically’ skills throughout children’s time at Finchale. This will help enable pupils to independently plan and carry out investigations so that they can answer questions that puzzle them; competently use scientific equipment to measure and record data accurately, and have the necessary skills and vocabulary to confidently explain concepts and articulate their findings. We draw on support from outside experts, such as scientists from Durham University, and also plan visits to places of scientific interest, such as the Centre for Life, to provide additional learning opportunities to excite and motivate our pupils. In addition, we have strong links with Framwellgate Comprehensive School and take part in events they arrange including sample science lessons as well as networking with their staff. We want our pupils to leave us with the skills and attitudes that will equip them to become successful scientists at secondary school.