A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed the way we live and is responsible for the numerous ways in which technology is used today. The advancement of science is vital to the world’s future prosperity. All pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. By building a firm foundation of knowledge of scientific concepts, pupils should be guided to use the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about the world around them. Children should be encouraged to take an interest in what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
How to help at home
Children love to ask questions about the world around them and they can frequently open a line of inquiry which only David Attenborough himself could satisfy. However, these moments can be great learning opportunities, especially as in internet provided a wealth of information at your fingertips. Simply say to your child, ‘Let’s find out together.’ Then watch a youtube video of look at a website to find the answer. Other great ways to nature an interest in science are: visit the science museum, which has some excellent displays; go on a nature walk to look for mini-beasts or pull go ‘pond-dipping’ in a local pond, lake or stream.
Science is such a broad subject that encompasses many disciplines that there are a seemingly endless amount of jobs which can be pursued by a qualification in science. Such as; civil engineer, mechanical engineer, structural engineer, astrophysicist, meteorologist, geologist, palaeontologist, doctor, surgeon, anaesthetist, dentist, etc.