Science Capital is at the core of Nansledan’s STEAM curriculum. We believe that Science teaching should spark wonderment and facilitate learning through active discovery, experiential learning and purposeful projects, at each age and stage, translating into children having high aspirations and positive attitudes towards their future.
Science is taught as part of the STEAM curriculum, often overlapping with Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths. STEAM learning is project-based, with skills and knowledge acquired eventually being applied to a fabulous finish.
The national curriculum for science requires that children:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them,
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
understand how scientific ideas change over time,
recognise the opportunities they are afforded in Science careers and understand the impact of Scientists,
aim high, regardless of their background, religious beliefs, gender or geographical location.
National Curriculum objectives are further supplemented by a careers focus in most Science lessons, where teachers help pupils to contextualise their learning by sharing possible future paths and exploring the impact of current and historic significant individuals in careers that apply the Science delivered in their current topic. PSTT Standing on the Shoulders of Giants materials are used to support this, alongside work with local industry experts.
Children recognise that diversity is important in the scientific community and are introduced to a range of individuals excelling in their fields.