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 provides our children with the foundations for understanding the world through the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Embedded within and across these disciplines is the concept of working scientifically. Only by 'trying it out' can our pupils 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? A mass may be described as feeling light or heavy, a room may be described as being light or dark. Therefore, at the heart of our teaching and learning, scientific vocabulary is emphasised in each session. Pupils are exposed to it through the use of a ‘word bank’ and high-quality teaching emphasising the importance of vocabulary.
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: