Science

‘Develop essential scientific inquiry skills to

deepen their scientific knowledge’


Intent:

At Holt Farm Junior School, it is our intention to help every individual to develop essential scientific inquiry skills to help deepen their scientific knowledge. All children are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including prediction, hypothesising, experimentation, investigation, observation, measurement, interpretation and communication. As well helping students to recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life, being encouraged to question the world around them and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their scientific based questions. To do this, specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and built up, this helps students to acquire specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically and to gain an understanding of the scientific process of enquiry, which they can apply through questioning to help communicate ideas

Throughout each year, we intend to build upon their prior knowledge and increase their enthusiasm, interest and enjoyment of the science topics by building on children’s curiosity and encouraging a positive attitude towards science. We intend to ensure that all science lessons are purposeful, accurate and imaginative to help develop pupils’ ability to pose questions, investigate these using correct techniques, accurately record their findings using appropriate scientific language and analyse their results.


Implementation:

To ensure that we achieve our intent, teachers will endeavour to implement a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children can achieve high standards in science.

We believe that children need to be given opportunities to learn from one another and to take part in group/ partner work when appropriate but to also have the confidence to work independently when needed. To give them this confidence, pupils are taught to understand and use correct scientific vocabulary based on the objectives and skills being taught, as well as engaging in practical ‘hands on’ learning where possible, which is at the core of our science teaching and learning.

Moreover, each lesson aims to develop skills such as questioning, observing, gathering and recording data, and drawing conclusions, which are key to excellent science teaching and learning at our school.

Throughout the year, every year group has the opportunity for:

  • Clear and comprehensive work in line with the National Curriculum

  • Progression within the strands of Science.

  • Access to key language and meanings in order to understand and readily apply to their written, mathematical and verbal communication of their skills.

  • Use a range of resources to develop their knowledge and understanding of working scientifically.

  • Investigative opportunities within Science lessons.

  • Reflecting on previous learning and cross curricular links will be made wherever possible

  • Building on prior knowledge and link ideas together, enabling them to question and become enquiry-based learners.

  • Attainment will be assessed each half term through related topic assessment tasks


Intended Impact:

Through our Science teaching and learning, pupils should be able to recall knowledge, use scientific vocabulary and develop scientific skills. Our curriculum planning results in a fun and engaging science education that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world. Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first-hand experiences of the world around them.Much of our science lends itself to outdoor learning and so we provide children with opportunities throughout the year to experience this.


Throughout each module, the impact of our curriculum is assessed by tracking knowledge in pre and post learning activities or quizzes and through observing pupil discussions about their learning in lessons. We also measure impact through ‘pupil voice’, which is then used to further develop the Science curriculum, through questioning of pupil’s views and attitudes to Science to support the children’s enjoyment of science and to motivate learners.

At Holt Farm Junior School:

  • pupils will retain knowledge that is important to Science with a real-life context.

  • pupils will question ideas and reflect on knowledge

  • pupils will work collaboratively and practically to investigate and experiment

  • pupils will explain the process they have taken and be able to reason scientifically

  • the % of pupils working at ARE within each year group will be at least in line with national averages.

  • the % of pupils working at Greater Depth within each year group will be at least in line with national averages

  • There will be no significant gaps in the progress of different groups of pupils (e.g. disadvantaged vs non-disadvantaged).