What colours can you see inside a black box? Can fruit be used to light up the classroom?
Science at The Paragon responds to children's natural curiosity. They acquire scientific understanding through activity, discussion and investigation. Therefore we have an emphasis on practical, hands-on experiences, learning through real life in relevant contexts and situations. We introduce children to the excitement of scientific investigation, using our grounds to study insects, plants and habitats and our labs to conduct experiments. This is balanced with acquiring knowledge of the specific topics.
Our Science modules cover all the sciences - Biology, Chemistry and Physics and across the school our Science curriculum makes the most of the opportunities for cross curricular working, particularly linked with Maths, Design & Technology, ICT and Outdoor Learning.
Science is taught by our class teachers and specialist science teachers. From a young age, the children are encouraged to use their senses to observe, measure, record, explain and make simple predictions. Their skills develop over time and our older children acquire the skills to prepare full scientific investigations involving designing the experiment, collating the results and drawing conclusions.
Pupils also attend Science Days such as the annual 'Bath Taps into Science' event, the national science quiz and take trips to local Science exhibits such as @Bristol.
Pupils have strong self-study skills; they are confident in drawing on a wide range of sources as they develop their understanding. For example, pupils in a science lesson considered the result of removing bones from a pupil's body and deduced that the skeleton is necessary for support.ISI Inspection Report - Sept 2017