Science at Brightwell
"We are Scientists"
At Brightwell School we aim to give all pupils a strong understanding of the world around them, based on secure subject knowledge and driven by a deep curiosity about the world. Whilst acquiring subject-specific knowledge, pupils develop their skills in thinking scientifically: they learn to ask questions, make observations, apply their previous knowledge and gain an understanding of scientific processes. They develop an understanding of the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
Scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each topic our pupils study and these topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at school. All pupils are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including observations, planning and investigations, as well as being encouraged to question the world around them and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their scientific-based questions. Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and built up, and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged.
In conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, we use Hamilton Trust Science to support high-quality planning. Our science curriculum is broad, balanced and linked to our topics where possible. We ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to enjoy and make progress in science through high-quality teaching, access to a range of resources, hands-on experiences and links to Wallingford Secondary School. Scientific vocabulary is built up as the pupils move through the school and is a key part of our learning.
Science forms an integral part of our annual STEM week in which pupils learn about famous scientists, follow lines of enquiry, develop their knowledge around a theme and explore real-life applications of science. Visitors and trips are regular complements to our science teaching.
Please see our Curriculum Overviews on the class pages for further details of what the children are learning.