Science at Sinai
Science is a body of knowledge built up through experimental testing of ideas. Science is also methodology: a practical way of finding reliable answers to questions we may ask about the world around us. Science is a core subject in the National Curricula which is taught twice weekly. Each year the children cover six different topics (one every half term) from materials to mini-beasts!
Detailed information about the National Curriculum for Science, including the programme of study for each year group, can be found here:
Practical work is a priority at Sinai. Science in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working to enable them to make sense of the world in which they live.
The children are taught to plan by: raising questions, forming hypotheses, identifying variables, choosing appropriate equipment and devising an efficient method. The children observe changes and collect results from experiments. They analyse their results using a carefully chosen graph and they draw scientific conclusions based on these results. Finally, children evaluate the effectiveness of their scientific methods.
These skills are applied to each topic throughout the unit of study. At the end of every topic the children carry out a complete investigation. Mastery of the subject is achieved when the children are able apply all of these investigative skills to any new topic and when they have a sound knowledge of the topics covered.
Our aim is for ‘Sinai Scientists’ to become independent, inquisitive, creative and methodical: secondary ready.
What do the kids think?
George Bernard Shaw said, “Science is always wrong. It never solves a problem without creating two more.” Sinai Scientists do not start out ignorant and gain knowledge. We use our knowledge to ask better questions.