Science teaching follows the National Curriculum guidelines through a topic approach, providing a broad, relevant science curriculum for all the children. Active engagement in learning is encouraged and children often work co-operatively, communicating scientific ideas to each other. Basic scientific concepts are developed with the aim of helping children understand their world and encouraging them to develop a sense of responsibility towards it. Pupils are encouraged to combine interest and curiosity with a responsible attitude towards health and safety, as well as respect for living things and the physical environment. Scientific ideas are applied to real life problems including those that require aspects of design and technology to solve them.