Our science intent
The intent of our science curriculum at The Trinity is:
To encourage a love of learning through curiosity, by developing the confidence to ask questions, and to find out through reasoned, systematic working. We aim to develop learners who are capable of finding the answers to important scientific questions for the future benefit of all of God's wonderful creation.
What this means in reality
The best learning in science goes far beyond written statements of noble aspirations. Only by 'trying it out' can our pupils -and mankind- progress. Thomas Edison's successes are mentioned far more than his 'failures'. He is quoted as saying, “I have not failed 10,000 times...I’ve successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work.” What a fantastic attitude!
With this in mind, science at The Trinity is taught through practical investigation, where possible. Lessons are planned with the aim of building on prior knowledge. Vocabulary is emphasised in all sessions. This is important in all subjects but particularly important to science. Think about 'light', for example. What does 'light' mean? It can mean multiple things, depending on the context. A mass may be described as feeling light or heavy, a room may be described as being light or dark...but the room of course is never going to be physically picked up by any one person!
Due to this need for clarity with scientific language, children at The Trinity have access to a range of age-appropriate vocabulary, suitable for working scientifically and particular topics studied by the children. Expected vocabulary for each year group is available below: