At Southmead, our vision is to provide a Science curriculum which enables children to confidently explore, discover and learn; helping them to develop a deeper understanding of the world in which we live.
Science is about children developing a sense of enquiry and extending their knowledge and understanding of the world. Scientific ideas stimulate and excite pupils’ curiosity, while investigation helps to satisfy this curiosity by providing specific answers, challenging assumptions, and extending knowledge. Because science links ideas with direct practical experience, it often engages learners at many levels.
Investigative science is at the core element of our science curriculum. All of our science is taught through practical investigation, or supported by practical demonstration. The exciting and interesting hands-on experiences, which we aim to provide in school, help to encourage children’s curiosity and questioning.
Throughout the school our young scientists are encouraged to develop and evaluate explanations through experimental testing and observation. They also learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, now or in the future. This helps to ensure that our pupils are encouraged and enabled to develop the core scientific skills which will equip them for life in an ever-changing world.