Downe Manor Primary School

Downe Manor, where everybody has the opportunity to be inspired to reach their full potential through memorable learning experiences

Science

At Downe Manor Primary School we believe Science should inspire, enthuse and enable children to find out about the world around them and how it works.

Science is the study of nature and how things work, the reasons behind every-day things. It's about making strange, mysterious, and complicated things become things we understand. It is about measuring and testing things and trying to find rules about how things work by testing them fairly. Working scientifically helps develop critical thinking skills, and has lots of links to other subjects, especially Maths and Design Technology. At Downe Manor Primary School we try to make Science lessons as practical and enjoyable as possible- we have lots of children and teachers who love science!

Characteristics of scientists

  • The ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that it brings.
  • Confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations.
  • Excellent scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.
  • High levels of originality, imagination or innovation in the application of skills.
  • The ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork.
  • A passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies.