“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is to be understood.”

Marie Curie

Instilling a sense of wonder and amazement in our pupils at the scientific marvels which surround us is at the heart of what we do at Rufforth.

We intend to inspire our children to find out how science has changed our lives and its vital role in the world’s future prosperity.  All pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Our pupils learn about many different aspects of science, including the natural world, forces, electricity, changes of state and materials.

At Rufforth, our science curriculum provides the opportunity for children to look for meaning and purpose in natural and physical phenomena and to wonder about what is special about life.

Through group practical work and team work, children learn responsibility for their own and other’s safety, as well as respecting different opinions.

We aim for our curriculum to enlighten children on discoveries from their own and other cultures and to recognise how environmental issues are central to science.

We see developing children’s investigative and analytical skills as vital to their understanding of science and the ability to hypothesise, investigate and work scientifically is integral to progression in these areas. Full scientific enquiry, involving the concept of fair testing, will occur in each unit of work where appropriate.

We build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, and they become more proficient in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to ask questions come to conclusions based on real evidence.