We are born with a limitless curiosity for the world around us; as babies we often find fascinating that which an adult might consider mundane. This curiosity about our surroundings persists as we grow older; there can be few people who can honestly say they have never looked up at the stars and felt a sense of awe, or wondered how they came to be born. Science is the study of the world around us, and as such, is the means by which we seek to satisfy this curiosity.
The response to the Covid-19 pandemic and humanity’s ongoing efforts to reduce and mitigate the impacts from climate change, further highlight the continuing importance of Science to our society. It is indeed arguable that Science has never been more important than it is today.
Science is not just knowing or learning a collection of facts, although clearly factual knowledge is also important. The process of discovery is a key part of Science, from the initial curiosity of “I wonder…,” then gathering evidence before finally interpreting and analysing that evidence to form a conclusion. Through our Science teaching at MTP we therefore aim to cultivate a sense of curiosity and stimulate interest in the natural world. As our pupils develop their understanding of Scientific theories, they also acquire the skills to gather and evaluate evidence for themselves.
Science underpins the world around us, and as such, it links to almost every other subject in the curriculum, whether that is music (via the physics of sound) or on the sports field (via human biology). By providing our pupils with a solid scientific foundation, we help them develop a fuller and richer understanding of all these other subjects. Bearing all this in mind, it is not surprising that Science holds such an important place at the very heart of the curriculum.