The teaching of science education provides a foundation for understanding the world and how it functions. Students think scientifically about essential elements such as the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. They build their basic knowledge and concepts in science, are able to develop their thinking for rational explanations and further develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They use scientific knowledge to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, analyse causes and understand outcomes.
The science curriculum at Middleton International School, based on the UK National Curriculum for Science, allows students to describe processes and characteristics of science in a common language and enables them to be familiar with, and use, technical terminology accurately and precisely. They may also build on an extended specialist vocabulary. Students are able to apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, by collecting, presenting and analysing data. The science curriculum aims to ensure that all students:
- Understand the nature, processes and methods of science in order to work scientifically
- Describe processes and key characteristics in a common language
- Are familiar with, and use, technical terminology in correct context
- Build up a scientific vocabulary
- Apply mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science
- Ask questions and recognise that they can be answered in different ways
- Make observations
- Perform tests
- Identify and classify
- Gather and record data to help answer questions.