As you grow-up, you see almost impossible and magical things happen around you all the time: ducks floating on water; children gliding down slides; the sky turning from the brightest day to the darkest night in a matter of minutes. At the time, we just accept the idea that these events will always happen because they always have. Sometimes making assumptions to explain what we see. It is as we begin to grow and undertake our scientific journey, do we truly begin to understand why these seemingly magical events happen. They happen because of the laws of science.
People have been “doing science” for thousands of years before school as we know it existed. African craftsmen produced the first metals in around 4000BC, and healers in Latin American discovered certain plants could help cure disease. Modern science has been built upon these discoveries from all over the world. The science we learn about today is our best attempt to understand the world and how it works.
But it’s important to understand that science is a rich subject, and whilst we don’t always understand at first (for example, we see the sun move around the sky but scientists who’ve explored space know that this is not true), part of learning science is having our ideas about how things work challenged, finding evidence and realising that scientific explanations change if we discover new evidence.
This is a huge part of learning – taking something you think you know and testing it carefully, but also accepting that sometimes we might be wrong! By studying the sciences, we can build deep and rich skills that are transferrable to other aspects of life. Working scientifically within a classroom, enables us to build resilience and patience, whilst thinking about sensible starting points and a systematic way of working.
Moving along your science journey will give you a deeper understanding of the ability of these “big ideas” to explain the world around you. Learning science can give you a sense of wonder as you learn more about:
· Why living things are so different?
· How chemists make new substances?
· Where we are in the universes?
· What can we do to help our planet?
Science isn’t just used to explain the world but has allowed humans to change it. The Oasis curriculum helps our young people to see a bigger picture, engage in lively conversations that help shape their future – and who knows, maybe they’ll play a huge role in shaping the future for us all.