Science Subject Leader: Jon Fox
We want all children to become scientifically independent learners and thinkers; through hands-on investigations, child-led inquiries, collaborative work and discussions. Children will develop a wide range of skills and vocabulary to explore the world around them and explain their thinking.
Principles of Science at Telford Junior School:
We believe that teaching and learning in science are most effective when:
Children are engaged, challenged and excited about their learning.
Children are curious and can ask their own questions.
Children work collaboratively and can discuss their ideas.
Children explore, plan and carry out their own investigations.
Children gain an understanding of the wider world and current events.
The National Curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
Our Science Curriculum is here to motivate and enthuse all groups of learners by providing opportunities for a broad, balanced and deep understanding of science. We aim for children to be actively engaged, challenged and inspired by their learning. Children are given opportunities to lead their own investigations and we have carefully considered where outside learning and trips or visits can add to their learning journey.
Through science at Telford all children will be challenged and supported to become more independent learners and thinkers; where they can make decisions and develop a range of skills to explore the world around them. The resources are chosen to provide support where needed and challenge and growth when covering the breadth of science.
We intend to make cross-curricular links and promote language, english and mathematical skills by
incorporating science in many forms, linking studying important scientists and writing
opportunities to cover many different styles.
We aim to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, emotional and physical development of pupils by
learning about the world around them, expanding their understanding and how it came to be
this way as well as the diverse people that continues to drive this journey.
Children explore a scheme of work that builds on previous learning and provides a balanced and progressive understanding of concepts using knowledge of what came before and follows on.
Science lessons are given 2 hours every week to develop this understanding and its importance is displayed in classrooms and halls across the school with children's accomplishments.
The children will take part in science activities in many cross-curricula ways using maths, english, design and other skills in science lessons as well as their scientific thinking in other lessons too.
To help enrich our learning there are a huge range of school trips, including the Year 3 Think Tank visit, Year 4 Pound Lane technology centre visit, Year 5 Big Bang NEC event visit and the Year 6’s Jaguar Land Rover visit as well as lots of other cross-curricula links and opportunities including a visit from a mobile planetarium that different year groups gain from.
Children are given the opportunity to self-assess and have the aims of each topic shared with them to help focus their learning journey; what are they building on and where are they going to.