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Reedings Junior School

Science

Intent

The Science curriculum at Reedings Junior School aims to prepare all children for the ever-increasing scientific world through exploration and enquiry. Learning environments are created to foster curiosity; engaging children in practical investigations in order that they ask relevant questions and further their own knowledge. Linking learning to real-life contexts allows children to develop their concepts of the world around them. We provide access to extra-curricular activities, as well as people with specialist expertise, as part of the school’s commitment to learning outside the classroom, giving children the opportunity to see Science in action, developing their cultural capital, and promoting Science as a core subject for the future.

Implementation

Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards in science. Lessons promote discussion, developing scientific skills alongside acquiring new knowledge. While most units feature cross-curricular links to aid children in integrating their knowledge, some modules are planned alongside English and feature a cross-curricular outcome.

Through our planning, we include problem solving opportunities that allow children to apply their knowledge and find out answers for themselves. Lessons are engaging and progressive, providing a range of practical investigations involving a variety of resources. Tasks are planned to promote challenge to all learners. We aim to embed working scientifically skills into all lessons, allowing these skills to develop throughout the years with the aim of learners becoming independent and confident by the end of Key Stage 2. Within the classroom, displays excite learners and further their learning by showing their working scientifically skills and posing thoughtful questions.

 

To complement our science lessons, children are offered a wide range of extra-curricular activities, such as trips and STEM ambassadors to visit our school, to broaden the curriculum and give children access to Science in the real world. These are purposeful and link with the knowledge being learned in class. Regular events such as our STEM week also allow children to apply skills and knowledge they have learned to broader contexts and provide engaging contexts for science learning.

Impact

The successful approach to Science at Reedings results in fun, engaging and high-quality science education that provides children with the foundations and knowledge for understanding the wider world. Children are prepared for their next steps in their science education and have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.

Through various extra-curricular opportunities, children have the understanding that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Children also learn the possibilities for careers in science.

Children at Reedings Junior School overwhelmingly enjoy science, and this results in motivated learners with secure scientific knowledge.

The school’s science provision is recognised by the achievement of the ‘Primary Science Quality Mark’.