Scientific & Technological Understanding

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. 
At Henbury Court we strive to ensure that science is an engaging and motivating subject. To enable the children to develop useful knowledge, skills and attitudes about the world in which we live, science is presented to the children in a practical, theme-based context. 
Please use your child's year group page and refer to the curriculum letter to find out what they are learning about each half term!
General resources for science can be found at the links below.
‘Computing’ is the new name for what used to be called ICT and can be broken down into three strands. ‘Digital Literacy’ teaches children to recognise uses of technology, and to use it safely and respectfully, beyond school. “Information Technology” covers the creation, organisation and retrieval of digital content, and the use of software and devices to work with data and information.
Finally, ‘Computer Science’ teaches algorithms, and how problems can be broken down into smaller tasks that can be assigned to a programme or machine. This section also includes coding, which plays a large part in the UK’s strategy to develop technological education.
At Henbury Court we teach Computing through a sequence of projects in which pupils investigate, and develop solutions for, real-world scenarios through the use of various programmes and apps. These are generally free to install so if your child wants to carry on work at home it should be relatively easy to do so!
Class pages are likely to contain more current information but some general resources can be found at the links below.
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