Science and Technology
At Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred, we strive to develop an awareness and understanding of the role and importance science plays in our everyday lives. We appreciate the constantly changing nature of scientific knowledge and use scientific procedures of investigation to introduce, develop and study the application of science in a broad range of contexts e.g. personal growth and health, the home, the immediate environment and technology. We are of the view that the development of scientific knowledge and skills are a crucial, core entitlement for all our pupils, since science stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them.
Science is an integral part of our curriculum and is related to many other subjects to enrich children's learning experiences. We celebrate and promote this through our vision of 'Excellence, Every Child, Every Day'.
While studying Science, our children focus on four different aspects:
- Scientific enquiry – Investigating and following instructions
- Life processes – Humans and other animals, green plants, variation and classification, living things in the environment.
- Materials and their Properties – grouping, sorting, changing materials.
- Physical Processes – electricity, forces & motion, light & sound, light & dark
We encourage children to be autonomous in their learning and try to facilitate debate and reasoning. In addition to this, the Academy gives children the opportunity to plan and conduct practical science activities and experiments. We believe that practical activities breathe life into concepts that might otherwise seem abstract to children.
During the course of the year pupils take part in science related visits to high-quality museums in London and welcome science experts as visitors to our academy.
The world around us is constantly changing and we believe Science can give children the tools to understand and explain this change.