The science curriculum at HNPS aims to stimulate a child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do. It teaches methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way in which science will affect the future on a personal, national, and global level.
Children are taught to:
- ask and answer scientific questions
- plan and carry out scientific investigations
- using equipment (including computers) correctly
- know and understand the life processes of living things
- physical processes and materials and their properties
- evaluate evidence, and present their conclusions clearly and accurately
We encourage the children to ask, as well as answer, scientific questions. They have the opportunity to use a variety of data, such as statistics, graphs, pictures, and photographs. They use ICT in science lessons because it enhances their learning. They take part in role-play and discussions, and they present reports to the rest of the class. They engage in a wide variety of problem-solving activities. Wherever possible, we involve the pupils in real scientific activities, for example, investigating a local environmental problem, or carrying out a practical experiment and analysing the results.
Every year in the Summer term we hold iDiscover Week, delivered in partnership with an organisation called Inspire! iDiscover introduces Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers to primary school children through a week of work-related activities. Through early exposure to role models from STEM industries who look and sound like them, we aim to change perceptions and challenge stereotypes, showing that gender or ethnic background is not a barrier to future success. STEM subjects are brought to life through workplace visits, engaging experiments and hands-on activities, with opportunities to meet a wide range of volunteers. Pupils can programme robots, create a torch, code a computer game and more!