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At St Matthias we:

Aspire for our children to be naturally curious about the world around them. We aim to promote their sense of wonder about natural phenomena and to guide them into becoming enquiry-based learners. The science in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live. We want our children to develop an understanding of the uses and implications of Science, how it has changed and shaped our lives and how vital it is to the world’s future prosperity. By making links with lead scientists within topics and future employment roles in these fields, the children at St Matthias believe that opportunities are limitless.

Scientific enquiry skills are weaved throughout each topic the children study and these topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at school. Topics, such as Animals including Humans, are taught in Key Stage One and studied again in further detail throughout Key Stage Two. This allows the children here to achieve by growing in their understanding, building upon their prior knowledge and increasing their enthusiasm for the topics whilst embedding this substantive knowledge into the long-term memory. 

We ensure that all children are provided with rich learning experiences that aim to:

  • Prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world today and in the future. 
  • Help our children acquire a growing understanding of the nature, processes and methods of scientific ideas. 
  • Help develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world. 
  • Build on our children’s natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problems. 
  • Encouraging open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance and developing the skills of investigation – including: observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating. 
  • Develop the use of scientific language, recording and techniques. 
  • Make links between science and other subjects.