We intend that our Science curriculum will develop the natural curiosity of each pupil, regardless of their demographic and will encourage them to have respect for living organisms and instill in pupils the importance of caring for the natural environment. We want children to pose and answer their own questions, show curiosity and enthusiasm and engage in practical and stimulating lessons that are purposefully linked to their everyday lives. Teaching Science is about increasing pupils' knowledge of our world and with developing skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry. as such we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it deserves.
Pupils in all years follow a programme of study based on the National Curriculum for England (2014) and are taught to communicate and interpret information in a variety of forms. Observational skills and scientific techniques are developed so that pupils are able to plan, perform and evaluate their own investigations.
Through our planning, we involve problem solving opportunities that allow children to find out for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers. This curiosity is celebrated within the classroom. Planning involves teachers creating engaging lessons, often involving high-quality resources to aid understanding of conceptual knowledge. 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.
We build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases and they become more proficient in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence. Working Scientifically skills are embedded into lessons to ensure they are being developed throughout the children’s school career and new vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching. This is developed through the years, in-keeping with the topics. Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment, and the various Working Scientifically skills in order to embed scientific understanding. Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning and workshops with experts.
Brushwood Junior School was also awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM GILT) in 2019
The impact of our curriculum is that we aim for our children to achieve their full potential in science and marvel at the awe and wonder of how science emulates throughout every aspect of our daily lives. We want the children to recall the rich learning experiences they have been provided with and know that each new taught concept provides a new, or builds on an existing, learning block. We want our children to think critically, ask questions and use their metacognitive learning skills. Our children know to persevere and embrace challenge and as a result, enjoy their Eureka moment of success!
Standards in science, to ensure the maximum impact, are monitored in a variety of ways: Book scrutinies, professional dialogue, pupil voice questionnaires, Staff voice questionnaires, lesson observations and learning walks. The School Governors are informed of standards and progression of the subject annually.