Staincliffe C of E Junior School

Staincliffe C of E Junior School

Respect, Trust, Courage and Joy

Science

 

Intent


At Staincliffe CE Junior School, our science curriculum gives all children a strong understanding and joy of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future. Scientific enquiry and investigative skills are embedded in each topic the children study and these topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at Staincliffe.

All children show courage to develop and use a range of skills including observing, planning and investigating, as well as being encouraged to question the world around them and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their scientific based questions, whilst learning to respect others’ opinions. Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and built up, and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged. Concepts taught are reinforced by focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to trust in their own knowledge, skills and understanding to answer relevant scientific questions.


Implementation


To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in science, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Science is taught each half term, focusing on skills and knowledge stated in the National Curriculum and in areas specific to the need of our children. Our skills focused science curriculum is delivered through a sequence of engaging ‘big questions’ as the hook that starts each learning journey. Opportunities for independent investigations and experiments enhance the knowledge-based learning.

Our curriculum provides knowledge and skill development in:

  • Working Scientifically
  • Questioning, Enquiring and Planning
  • Observing, Measuring and Pattern-seeking
  • Investigating
  • Recording and reporting findings
  • Identifying, grouping and classifying
  • Research 
  • Drawing Conclusions
  • Technical Vocabulary
  • Understanding of scientific concepts

 

To track the progress of our scientists, we:

  • Create Knowledge Organisers, which outline the knowledge, including vocabulary, all children must master and apply in lessons.
  • Deliver a low stakes quiz regularly to support learner’s ability to retain learning and increase space in the working memory.
  • Include ‘Challenge Questions’ for pupils to apply learning in a philosophical / open manner.
  • Capture ‘Pupil Voice’ at regular intervals.

 


Impact


By the time they leave us, as scientists, our children will have:

  • The ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that it brings.
  • Confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations.
  • Excellent scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.
  • High levels of originality, imagination or innovation in the application of skills.
  • The ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork.
  • A passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies.

 

Our science curriculum is high quality, well thought out and planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with our curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress and support is put in place for those working towards the curriculum objectives.

 

Please click here for our Science 'Progression of Knowledge and Skills' document.