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At Harris Primary Academy Crystal Palace, we believe that Science should not be seen as merely the knowledge of a body of facts and theories, but rather as a progression towards a series of key ideas, which will together enable understanding of events and phenomena of relevance to pupils’ lives during and beyond their school years.
Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Children at our Academy are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop
a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. An emphasis is placed on ‘Working scientifically’ through inspirational and engaging activities. We strive to develop a love of science where questioning and an exploratory attitude is at the heart of learning.
Speaking and listening is highly valued throughout science lessons, as this not only encourages children to explore scientific vocabulary but also share and develop their ideas with others. The children are also encouraged to develop their ICT skills through relevant science explorations such as the use of data loggers and digital microscopes.
Science is taught in line with the new National Curriculum, as a subject in its own right, as well as within a context, reinforcing its valuable cross-curricular links. A celebration of science learning takes place in a number of forms, including during Science Week, STEM week, merit assemblies, whole school class assemblies, school trips and visits by scientists.