It is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree – make sure you understand the fundamental principles – the trunk and big branches – before you get into the detail of the leaves, or there is nothing for them to hang on to.
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Opening and shaping minds to the world around us; developing curiosity.
Science is in everything that we experience. At Zaytouna, we recognise the importance of science in every aspect of our daily lives and how it connects all areas of the curriculum together through scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding. Through our teaching, we aim to give every child access and opportunities to a broad curriculum, exposure to job prospects and strong links to the local community.
We want children to become aware of how science influences our daily lives and is vital to future prosperity. It is fundamental to give children the foundations such as conceptual knowledge and enquiry skills, while also nurturing their inquisition and curiosity. We will provide them with many opportunities to develop their investigative skills such as effective questioning, making predictions and using rational explanation. Not only should they leave school with a solid conceptual understanding, but should be able to apply their scientific skills to discover new ideas. At Zaytouna, we are fully aware of the stigma associated with girls and science. We actively strive to encourage all students to see science as an exciting subject and a realistic career prospect. In addition, we feel science does not always need to be taught explicitly as it has very clear links with all other areas of the curriculum.
Through the curriculum we provide, we endeavour to inspire our children to continue to further develop their skills into the next stage of their education and their lives.
“Nothing is life is to be feared; it is only to be understood.”