Here at Harris Primary Academy Orpington, we strive to develop an awareness and understanding of the role and importance of Science in everyday life. We appreciate the constantly changing nature of scientific knowledge and use scientific procedures of investigation to introduce, develop and study the application of science in a broad range of contexts e.g. personal growth and health, the home, the immediate environment and technology. We are of the view that the development of Scientific knowlege and skills are a crucial, core entitlement for all our pupils, since Science stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them.
We encourage children to be autonomous in their learning and try to facilitate debate and reasoning. In addition to this, the Academy gives children the opportunity to plan and conduct practical science activities and experiments. We believe that practical activities breathe life into concepts that might otherwise seem abstract to children.
Where possible the teaching of science is also applied across the curriculum. Links to maths, literacy and other foundation subjects, such as geography and history, further enrich the children’s learning experiences. We regard science as an integral part of the curriculum and is dedicated to giving the children the tools to be successful scientific thinkers and practitioners. We celebrate and promote this during Science week, through special trips, visits and events.