Why is Science important?

Development of scientific knowledge is essential to the understanding of our daily lives, from how our water is boiled for a morning cup of tea, to the natural world around us, it is important to not just know that it works, but how it works.

Working through the 5 types of scientific enquiry, the children at St Anthony’s learn to be inquisitive investigators who question and learn to understand the complex and fascinating world around them. These budding scientists will learn through a mixture of theoretical and practical lessons, learning to observe, investigate and experiment in a fair and scientific way.

Now more than ever, the world turns to the scientific community to develop ways to improve our everyday lives, health, and to help create a more eco-friendly and sustainable world. It is our aim at St Anthony’s to give our pupils the necessary skills and enthusiasm to push on in science and to open the door to a future in the field, as well as developing their sense of responsibility and appreciation of the world around them.

 How is Science taught?

Science is taught through thematic units. The attached whole school overview below maps out which thematic units feature this subject. Whereas the long term plans below for each class, clearly show the objectives covered:

Pathfinders Science Overview (Y1 and Y2)

Adventurers Science Overview (Y3 and Y4)

Navigators Science Overview (Y5 and Y6)

What do we learn about in Science?

The science curriculum throughout primary school spans a plethora of subject areas. Early Years and KS1 will explore the world around them, focusing primarily on the changes of the seasons, animals, humans and everyday materials.

As we move up through the school to KS2, we develop these fields further, as well as exploring more complex concepts such as light, electricity, fossilisation, forces and space.

At St Anthony’s, we explore the three areas of science (physics, biology and chemistry) through practical exploration and theoretical discussion.