Sacred Heart has a whole school policy of practical investigation into aspects of the everyday environment, integrating the National Curriculum guidelines. Scientific understanding is approached through a combination of observation, experiment and the testing of ideas to make sense of further experiences. We aim to develop the growth of attitudes and skills through a variety of activities including first-hand experience both inside and outside the immediate environment of the classroom, field trips and residential visits.
This year the aims have been achieved through, for example, work on man-made fabrics, electricity, light and colour etc. To develop positive attitudes and co-operation in the children, the science work included in these topics aims to give the children the ability to hypothesise, experiment, record, communicate and draw conclusions. This is achieved through a variety of means including discussion, writing, charts, graphs, computer data, models, displays and other relevant methods.
We believe these processes will extend and develop each child’s natural curiosity and appreciation of their world. In this technological age, Science is essential in helping children understand and later shape their environment.