Science

Science at Stocksbridge Junior School

At Stocksbridge Junior School, we believe that a high-quality Science education for all provides the foundations for understanding our universe and promotes respect our world as well as supporting pupils’ work across the wider curriculum.  Science develops pupils’ sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.

Pupils are taught the essential knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes necessary to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.  Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge, pupils are encouraged to recognise how Science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Science in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live.  Staff at Stocksbridge Junior School ensure that pupils receive both high-quality, classroom-based teaching and learning experiences, and opportunities to investigate their outdoor environment and locality.

Implementation

  • Our planning for Science ensures that the school gives full coverage of the National Curriculum programmes of study for Science 2014.
  • Science is taught through a combination of discrete units and units which link to relevant topics. These units are planned to ensure progression, an understanding of the essential conceptual knowledge and to allow for an enquiry-based approach.  This is a strategy to enable the acquisition of a greater depth of knowledge through the skills and methods associated with Working Scientifically.
  • Cross-curricular links are made explicit where appropriate.
  • Our pupils are immersed in scientific vocabulary, which aids their knowledge and understanding, and promotes the growth of cultural capital.
  • Teachers ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are built on and developed so that pupils can use equipment, conduct experiments, build arguments, explain concepts confidently and continue to ask questions about their surroundings.
  • Teachers introduce pupils to an increasingly wider range of scientific equipment to allow them to observe, measure, predict, hypothesise, experiment, communicate, interpret, explain and evaluate.
  • Teachers create a curious and positive attitude towards Science learning within their classrooms; they reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards.
  • Problem-solving opportunities allow pupils to investigate for themselves; pupils are encouraged to ask, as well as answer, questions about our world.
  • Teachers use precise questioning in during lessons to reinforce conceptual knowledge and skills, and to assess pupils to identify those with gaps in learning. Any such gaps or misconceptions are swiftly and skilfully addressed using a range of resources
  • Teachers develop pupils’ understanding of their surroundings by regularly accessing outdoor learning and the expertise of visitors to school.
  • Pupils develop their understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through different types of enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
  • Teachers prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world today and in the future.

Impact

Science at Stocksbridge Junior School is engaging, high-quality and provides pupils with the foundations for understanding our world.

They have many opportunities to experience outdoor learning.  They take part in workshops, educational visits and interact with experts during STEM activities which provide pupils with opportunities to work with, and learn from, professionals.

Pupils have the understanding that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future.

As the pupils’ conceptual knowledge and understanding become embedded, and they become more proficient in selecting and using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.

Pupils understand and use a richer vocabulary which enables them to articulate their understanding of taught concepts.

Pupils have high aspirations which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life.