Science at Churchfields Junior School encompasses learning about the physical, chemical and biological aspects of our world (and beyond: one of the Y5 units is ‘Space’). As well learning knowledge about the world around us, pupils are required to work scientifically and investigate complex concepts with increasing skill and independence. By investigating key questions through practical experiments, pupils are encouraged to challenge their preconceptions and what they think they know in order to find the truth. Our science lessons nurture our pupils’ natural curiosity about the world around them and their quest for answers.
How Do We Teach Science?
There are two science lessons every week. As a school, we have invested in high-quality information texts in order for to pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding in science. These texts are used throughout each unit alongside direct instruction, guided practice and independent activities in order to achieve exceptional attainment within these subjects. Each unit of our science curriculum consists of the teaching of technical vocabulary and key facts as well as exploratory and investigative work. Children will learn to record their knowledge and understanding in a variety of ways, such as: results tables and graphs, labelled diagrams, classification keys; detailed explanations and photographs. They will also learn the valuable skill of being able to evaluate their results: being able to explain how they arrived at their conclusion and make suggestions for improvements to their experiments.