At MJS, our ultimate aim for Science is to develop children’s curiosity and understanding about the world around them.
This is achieved by delivering high-quality Science lesson that teach the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group. The key knowledge identified by each year group is informed by the National Curriculum and builds towards identified phase ‘end points’ in accordance with NC expectations.
We aim to enable children to acquire key scientific knowledge through both teacher-directed instruction and practical experiences; using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently.
- Science may be taught through subject-specific lessons or a topic-based approach depending on the theme.
- Science should be taught once a week; however, some units are blocked to allow for a more flexible teaching sequence.
- Curriculum planning is in accordance with National Curriculum with an emphasis on working scientifically – see link below.
- 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.
- Cross curricular opportunities are also identified, mapped and planned to ensure contextual relevance.
- Special events, such as Science Week, visits and visitors, allow for further acquisition and application of knowledge and skills.