The National Curriculum recognises the importance of Science in schools, by including it as a compulsory subject up to the age of sixteen.
The study of science fires pupils’ curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. It engages learners at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Pupils learn how knowledge and understanding in science are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change – affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. They trace the development of science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own lives, the directions of societies and the future of the world.
The National Curriculum 2007
The science department at St. Benedict’s aims to develop a pupil’s knowledge, skills and understanding of how science works through the study of
• Organisms and health
• Chemical and material behaviour
• Energy, electricity and radiations
• The environment, Earth and universe