Our curriculum covers a variety of scientific topics each half term that are based around biology, chemistry and physics. Science lessons encourage curiosity which aim to develop investigative skills and scientific knowledge. Through the programme of study in the National Curriculum, Wellington pupils will achieve this by carrying out working scientifically activities in each lesson to allow them to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding. They will carry out a variety of enquiries through computing and research, hands-on-practical activities, problem solving opportunities and cross-curricular links. Throughout the topics pupils will be exposed to scientific vocabulary and will be able to use it to apply to their explanations to show their understanding.
Pupils will be given regular opportunities to cover the five strands of scientific enquiry:
- observe over time
- look for patterns in their observations and results
- identify, classify and group
- carry out controlled investigations using comparisons and fair testing methodology
- research using secondary sources
Through these strands they will learn the scientific skills of asking questions, planning enquiries, making predictions, observation, taking measurements, record results, presenting results, interpreting results, drawing conclusions and evaluating an enquiry.