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6. Science & Technology

We believe that science is about developing an understanding and making sense of our environment; primarily through experience, exploration and interaction with scientific phenomena. It is about acquiring scientific knowledge through experimental testing of ideas and research.

 

We encourage the children to order their ideas with increasing sophistication, so that they are able to interpret their results and findings with accuracy. The children are encouraged to become increasingly independent, taking more and more responsibility for their own learning. Communication skills are essential in science and children learn how to communicate their ideas and findings in a variety of ways. Wherever possible, science is taught through first hand experiences, supported by resources, mathematics and information technology. Science provides a unique opportunity for children to explore their real world in an exciting and meaningful way and later to apply scientific principles in a variety of contexts in order to answer questions. Our aim is to retain and develop the children’s natural sense of curiosity, awe and wonder about the world in which they live.

 

Design and Technology is a practical problem-solving subject using a range of appropriate materials, equipment and tools. It involves investigating, designing, making and evaluating in order to develop knowledge and understanding. It encompasses the areas of food, textiles, structures, mechanisms, electricity and control and has close links with science, mathematics and art. The teaching of the subject is undertaken in a safe and supervised environment and activities are appropriate to age and ability.

 

The term ICT includes the use of any equipment which allows users to communicate or manipulate information electronically. The ability to use ICT effectively is a vital life skill in the modern world and therefore it is an important curriculum requirement.

 

Pupils use ICT to explore and solve problems across a range of subjects. They learn how to communicate and handle a variety of information including text, graphs, pictures and sound and use ICT for control, monitoring and modelling purposes.

 

Each class has its own stock of wireless iPads and some classes for the older pupils have their own laptop PCs. All our pupils now have ready access to IT at any time during the day and are able to work independently or in groups, inside or outside, and they are able to display their work on the iPad to the LED/Interactive screen in each classroom. ICT equipment is kept fully up to date and functional by our ICT Technician who also supports ICT in the classroom.

 

We regard ICT as a tool to support children’s learning, which is planned for and delivered across the curriculum often alongside other subject areas – such as Maths, English, Science, History and Geography.
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