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Cardinal Newman Catholic Primary School

Lead Kindly Light, Lead Thou Me On

Xavier Education Trust



Science is about exploring and understanding the world around us. Science at Cardinal Newman provides our pupils with the framework to become independent learners and communicators in an increasingly complex age. Children learn progressively, building up a body of key scientific knowledge and developing their skills of scientific enquiry. Over time children learn to use their knowledge and understanding to investigate and explain natural and man-made phenomena.

The aims of teaching and learning in Science include

• developing an enquiring mind and a scientific approach to problem solving

• encouraging positive attitudes to Science, eg, curiosity, cooperation, perseverance, independence in thinking and critical evaluation of evidence

• developing a secure understanding of basic scientific concepts

• learning to communicate ideas clearly and using scientific language with confidence and understanding

• through first hand experience, developing the practical skills and logical thought processes associated with scientific investigation, including forming questions, observing, measuring and recording data, predicting outcomes and explaining results

• developing a concern for the environment and an understanding of how we can help protect it

• raising awareness of the importance of Science in our present technological age

Science is studied under three broad themes which often overlap:
Life Processes and Living Things
Materials & their Properties and
Physical Processes.

These directly reflect, but are not limited to, the requirements of the National Curriculum.