All science teaching within the department aims to stimulate the intellect, curiosity, interest and enjoyment of pupils, so enabling them to become familiar with a body of scientific knowledge, principles and vocabulary, to enable them to develop informed opinions and to be able to support those opinions by logical argument. Pupils learn to explore the world around them by asking scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way in which science affects their personal future and the future of the wider community in a local, national and international context. New links with partner schools through the British Council’s ‘International School Award’ will allow children to share their experimental findings with similar aged children at overseas schools.
The National Curriculum is used as the basic core with the IAPS Common Entrance Syllabus interwoven into the schemes of work. However, our primary aim is to ensure that pupils view the 'process' of science as a means to understand themselves, their environment and their place in the universe, rather than purely a means to pass exams.
Aims of Science at Wellesley:
- To stimulate pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment in science
- To enable pupils to be familiar with a body of scientific knowledge, principles and vocabulary
- To enable pupils to understand and use scientific methods, with safety being a major consideration
- To enable pupils to develop a range of personal qualities such as politeness, perseverance, initiative and independence
- To enable pupils to work independently or as part of a team
- To employ teaching methods and resources which allow all pupils to have equal access to science
- To allow pupils to develop informed opinions and to be able to support them by reasonable arguments