Pixmore's science curriculum nurtures students' comprehension of scientific concepts while fostering their ability to approach scientific work methodically. Our aim is to equip them with fundamental skills that not only inspire a passion for science but also lay the foundation for potential careers in the field. At Pixmore, inclusivity is at the heart of our approach, and we are dedicated to supporting all learners as they embark on their scientific journey.
In our science curriculum, students will:
- Explore exciting scientific ideas through hands-on experiments.
- Use logical thinking to explain these ideas and learn how research expands our knowledge.
- Use various tools and equipment, some of which are related to computers.
- Work collaboratively to plan and conduct investigations.
- Be taught to respect (and respond appropriately to) others’ views, with the understanding that some ideas cannot be evidenced.
- Experience fun activities like trips and workshops outside of regular class.
- Understand how Science connects to physical education (PE) and staying healthy, including taking part in school events.
- See the link between Science and the environment, and how we can be good community members.
- Get involved in extra Science activities, like special Science days.
- Have a say in some of the investigations we do.
- Improve our reading and writing skills while learning about Science.
- Learn to be safe when doing experiments and practical tasks.
There are six different types of enquiry approaches that children may use to find answers to investigable questions:
1. Comparative / fair testing - Changing one variable to see its effect on another, whilst keeping all others the same.
2. Research - Using secondary sources of information to answer scientific questions.
3. Observation over time - Observing changes that occur over a period of time ranging from minutes to months.
4. Pattern-seeking - Identifying patterns and looking for relationships in enquiries where variables are difficult to control.
5. Identifying, grouping and classifying - Making observations to name, sort and organise items.
6. Problem-solving - Applying prior scientific knowledge to find answers to problems.