A flourishing scientist at The Ridge understands the power of the scientific method in making sense of and understanding the world. They are aware of the contributions made across time and geography to what is one of humanities most powerful tools in enabling all peoples to thrive and flourish. They are able to investigate and understand the world using the scientific methods. They engage with practical opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding of important scientific ideas, processes and skills, enabling them to relate these to their everyday experiences and understanding of the world around them.
Although a core subject, Science is taught through our school’s Concepts Model. This allows the skills and knowledge learnt in different parts of the curriculum to be applied alongside their learning in Science and vice versa.
We believe that hands-on practical learning is fundamental to Science teaching and our Scientists enjoy learning Science in this way. They are encouraged to observe our world, to be curious to investigate further in a bid to explain what is happening and develop their understanding. Just like in the real world, they need to experience a quest for knowledge that can only be acquired through a journey of novel discovery.
Within each year group, the Science concepts are taught through the range of ‘Working Scientifically’ skills. Our Scientists are expected to ask questions, plan, make predictions, set up tests, observe, measure, record data, interpret and communicate findings, and evaluate investigations. These skills are modelled, practised and embedded as our Scientists progress through The Ridge.
This is summarised as
PLAN - DO - REVIEW
The Science concepts are also taught through a range of enquiries:
- Comparative and fair testing
- Identifying, classifying and grouping
- Observing over time
- Pattern seeking
- Research using secondary sources
A flourishing scientist has the ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that it brings. They have the confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations. Our scientists demonstrate excellent scientific knowledge and understanding in their explanations, problem solving and reporting of scientific findings. They show high levels of originality, imagination or innovation in the application of their skills. Our scientists have the ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork. Most importantly, our scientists have a passion for science and its application in the past, present and future technologies.
Here are some photos of Science learning at The Ridge.
Here are some links that your child could look at to find out about current science developments and ideas for you to support science learning at home.