At Swaffham Prior Primary, we believe children should be taught the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to question and understand concepts and phenomena that occur in the world around them, seeking explanations for these. We believe children should acquire the skills required for scientific enquiry and develop an understanding of the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.
Our aims in teaching Science include:
- To stimulate children’s curiosity and develop their interest in, and knowledge of, scientific phenomena and events of the world around them.
- To offer a range of activities which can engage all learners by linking practical, hands-on experiences with ideas, encouraging critical and creative thinking.
- To develop and use a range of working scientifically skills; helping children to pose questions, investigate these using correct techniques, accurately measure and record their findings and analyse their results.
- To use different methods of science enquiry to answer scientific questions, including observation, testing, research, classifying and identifying and pattern seeking.
- Introducing children to the language and vocabulary of science.
- Encouraging children to ask questions, take risks, experiment, reflect and learn from mistakes, in a safe environment.
- Fostering concern about, and active care for, our environment.
Science Curriculum Overview
Please find an overview of our full Science curriculum here.
Our engagement with the local community ensures that children learn through varied and first hand experiences of the world around them. Through various workshops, trips and interactions with scientists, children have the understanding that Science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Children learn the possibilities for careers in science as a result of our community links and connection with national agencies such as the STEM association and learn from, and work with, professionals from a range of different scientific backgrounds.
Science Week 2021
This year's science week saw us go 'To Infinity and Beyond'! We launched our space-themed week by welcoming Mark Galloway and his planetarium. We learnt there are more rocks in Saturn's rings that grains on sand here on Earth! We also welcomed visitors from the Institute of Astronomy, the Whipple Museum, a biotech scientist and astronomers from our local community. We enjoyed completing activities and investigations throughout the week linked to the themes of space vehicles, Mars, the planets, astronauts and the ISS.
We all agreed this year's Science Week was out of this world!
Please find our 'To Infinity and Beyond' science week booklet here.