An enquiry-based, language-rich approach to learning with an international focus.
At NAISAK, students in the Primary School follow the Cambridge Science Curriculum, with two hours allocated for discrete core teaching. In keeping with the Cambridge International Examinations curriculum framework, Cambridge Primary Science strongly supports a Science curriculum in which enquiry is central. Lessons are carefully planned so that they help learners to discover and investigate scientific concepts for themselves in an engaging way, whilst supporting their development of scientific language and subject knowledge.
Why study Science?
The teaching of Science offers students the ability to access a wealth of knowledge and information, which will contribute to an overall understanding of how and why things work the way they do. Science is able to explain the mechanics and reasons behind the daily functioning of complex systems, which range from the human body to sophisticated modern methods of transport. Children are able to use this knowledge to understand new concepts, make well-informed decisions and pursue new interests. Science also helps to provide tactile or visible proof of many facts we read about in books or see on the television; this helps to increase understanding and helps children to retain that information.
Many children find Science extremely inspiring and interesting. Science instils a sense of intrigue and enables children to develop understanding and form questions based both on the knowledge they already have and the insight they wish to gain in the future. Children who excel in Science lessons are likely to develop a strong ability to think critically.
How to support your child at home
Science is a way of understanding the world, a perspective, and a pattern of thinking that begins in the very earliest years. That is why parental involvement is so important in a child’s Science education. Families who explore the world together nurture scientific thinkers and successful students!
Parents can teach best by asking open-ended questions and taking time to encourage answers.
Observing: Invite young eyes and fingers to notice small details.
- “What shapes do you see in that spider web?”
- “Does the crust on this bread feel different from the crust on that one?”
Classifying: Put things in groups based on their characteristics.
- “Let’s sort the socks by colour.”
- “Can you think of a way to divide your toys according to a pattern?”
Predicting: Put ideas about how the world works into words and test them.
- “How long will an ice cube last sitting on the counter?”
- “Will it last longer on another surface?”
Quantifying: Encourage children to quantify the world around them.
- “Who is the shortest person in the family? By how much?”
- “How many footsteps fit in your room? In the living room?”
The skills of Science can and should be practised everywhere. But it is clear from research that children’s minds grow best when the environment is rich and varied. Use open-ended dialogue with your children as you explore different environments and settings that will help young minds turn to scientific minds!
Set High Expectations
What you say to your child is important. But what may be even more important is what you do not say.
Parents often convey their attitudes and expectations in indirect ways. If you tell your child, “I never liked Science in school” or “I got my worst grades in Science,” you convey the expectation that Science classes will be boring or difficult, or worse, that you would accept low performance in Science. On the other hand, if you say, “I wish I could do that experiment with you” or “I am so glad that you are having opportunities that I missed,” you will open doors for your child.
Not every child, of course, is destined to seek a career in Science. But every child should be able to become a scientifically literate adult, and all children should know that if they choose Science as a career, they can succeed. Parental expectations can encourage positive attitudes and personal best.
Following the success of the Secondary Science Fair, the school is looking forward to hosting the Primary Science Fair for students in Years 2 to 6 on Wednesday 1 March. Students have been given the task of preparing their experiments at home with a little help from you. As always, please encourage your child to take an active part in what is expected to be another great school event. Look out for more information in the coming weeks!