Science at Grade Ruan School, focuses on providing high-quality education based on understanding the world we live in. Science is a vital part of the world’s future and so it is essential all pupils are taught aspects of knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a foundational knowledge and understanding of core concepts, pupils will be encouraged to recognise links between learning and develop a sense of curiosity about our diverse planet and natural phenomena.The aim of Science is for the children to: acquire knowledge and understanding of the world we live in, to ‘think like a scientist’ and what this looks like and be able to be hands on, engaging in purposeful challenges and investigations whilst instilling our school's Christian drivers and vision.
The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop 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.
Throughout the school year we utilise opportunities to extend pupils’ knowledge and understanding through visitors, school trips and science shows such as learning about the Solar system inside an inflatable dome, which visited school last year. Pupils learned about the Earth, Moon and Sun – the importance of these and how these change throughout the day - as well as learning about gravity, stars and the concept of infinite space.
During the past year we planted and grew our own vegetables and pupils have visited a local garden in Ruan Minor to work with trained horticulturalists to learn about plant reproduction. We have a strong link with Rosuick Organic Farm on the Lizard and enjoy regular visits throughout the farming year to learn about plant and animal lifecycles, habitats, ecosystems and the changing seasons.
Last Spring years 3 to 6 took part in a careers project led by NHS Education England to promote careers in the Allied Health Profession. Pupils learned about various careers requiring scientific qualifications such as radiography, podiatry, dieticians, osteopaths, physiotherapists, operating room practitioners, art and drama therapists.