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Science Curriculum Statement

Intent

Through the teaching of Science at Healey JIN School we aim to inspire children to be inquisitive about the world around them: asking questions and working scientifically to find out why things happen and how things work. We also aim to inspire our pupils to continue to be inquisitive and foster aspirations within areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering & maths) beyond their primary school education.

By following the 2014 National Curriculum for Science we aims to ensure that all children:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
  • are equipped with the scientific skills required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. We understand that it is important for lessons to have a skills-based focus, and that the knowledge can be taught through this.

We strive to ensure that pupils acquire knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes through the learning of science. As part of this, Working Scientifically skills are developed throughout their school career from Early Years to the end of Key Stage 2, so that they are able to use equipment, conduct experiments, build arguments and explain concepts with confidence and continue to ask questions and be curious about the world.

Implementation

Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves the following:

  • Science will be taught in planned and arranged topic blocks link to the 2014 Nation Curriculum. Some of these blocks will, where possible, link to the over-arching topic being explored in the classroom. Where this is not possible, science topics will be taught discreetly. 
  • Teachers understand that the multitude of knowledge and skills taught and learnt through the science curriculum (particularly in relation to ‘working scientifically’), link seamlessly with those needed in other areas of learning and so often lessons are cross curricular and allow children many opportunities to practice their skills beyond pure science lessons.
  • Teachers plan engaging lessons, often involving high-quality resources to aid understanding and allow for further development of scientific skill. New vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching.
  • Within lessons, children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers in addition to acquiring the knowledge of the topic as indicated by the National Curriculum.
  • Working Scientifically skills are embedded into lessons to ensure these skills are developed throughout the children’s school career. As part of this teachers plan for the use all 5 forms of scientific enquiry to be utilised regularly in science lessons as well as across other curriculum areas. Across school these forms or enquiry are identified and celebrated using the Science Superhero Squad characters, which can be seen on science display boards throughout school.
  • Teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills and assess children regularly to identify those children with gaps in learning, so that all children keep up.
  • Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment, and the various Working Scientifically skills in order to embed scientific understanding. To extend children’s experience of science further, teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of science by accessing outdoor learning, arrange visits from experts and taking children on educational visits. This includes accessing the staff and facilities from the high schools that are part of our multi academy trust.

Impact

Successful, high quality teaching and learning in science at Healey JIN School results in fun, engaging and valuable learning experiences that inspire and equip our children to continue to be curious about the world around them as they move beyond primary education. Pupils are able to apply their scientific skills beyond the context of science lessons and such are able to use their success in the learning of science to other areas both curricular and extra-curricular. They develop aspirations within the world of scientific careers by being exposed to a variety of experts and experiences related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

Science in the Early Years

Within Early Years at Healey JIN School, science is explored through the children’s understanding of the world and elements of technology. Children have access to a range of materials that work in different ways for various purposes both inside and in our outdoor learning environment. We provide opportunities for children to question, wonder, explore, discover, experiment and observe through direct experiences both in our continuous provision and through small group work. The children are introduced to scientific vocabulary, are asked open-ended questions, are encouraged to make predictions and given opportunities to question.

The Lead Teacher for Science is Mrs Bowers

 

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