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Market Drayton Junior School

Market Drayton Junior School

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Science

Intent – What do we want to deliver

 

Our intent is to ensure that we provide all the children with a science curriculum which is aspirational, engaging and ultimately bespoke to meet the needs of the children in our care. As well as a curriculum which is evolving and reacting to the needs of our society.

 

Science teaching at our school aims to all give children a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and also to understand the uses and implications of Science, today, and for the future.

Why Science?

 

The teaching and learning in science at Market Drayton Junior School aims to arouse curiosity, challenge the children’s thinking and encourage the realisation that the pursuit of scientific endeavours can bring enormous future potential, both personally and professionally.

 

The science curriculum offers opportunities to experience the wonders of science at first hand through assemblies which showcase the marvels of experimental science and practical “hands on” workshops.

 

British Science Week is celebrated throughout the school, with children collaborating in mixed aged classes to investigate, create and experiment in a celebration of science.

In our school, we endorse those natural scientific links with other curriculum areas such as technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) to develop those collective skills which underpin these subjects. We have been fortunate to have benefitted from presentations from visiting STEM Ambassadors who have highlighted the life opportunities and careers which can be forged through and by a passion for science.

 

Science Ambassadors are appointed from each class to support the science lead and help collaborate in delivering science events across the school.

 

Beyond the classroom, after school science clubs enable those children who wish to, to continue scientific pursuits in a stimulating and inspiring environment.

 

The children at Market Drayton Junior School engage with and gain enjoyment from all things science. So, Why science? Why not?

 

In Science we want children to:

Implementation - How do we deliver the Science Curriculum?

 

Planning for Science is based upon a rolling programme of Science units which ensure that topics are re-visited, prior knowledge and vocabulary, are built upon and the application of scientific skills, such as investigation, written and verbal communication, recording and concluding are enhanced, as the children progress.

 

Where appropriate the teaching of our Science is linked to other curriculum areas.

Science Learning Pathway

Progression from Nursery to Year 6

At Market Drayton Junior School we will cover the following areas:

 

 

Autumn

 

Spring

Summer

Y3

Forces & Magnets

Sorting and grouping materials, poles attract and repel

 

Earth & Rocks

Different types/properties, fossils, properties of soil

Animals, including humans

Nutrition, skeleton, muscles

 

Light

Shadows, protection, darkness

Plants

Labelling plants, what plants need, water system, life cycles, pollination/seed formation/seed dispersal

 

Y4

Animals, including humans

Digestion and teeth

 

Sound

vibration

 

States of matter

Changing states

Solids/liquids/gases

Evaporation and condensation

 

Chicks

Animals, including

humans

Living things and their habitats

Grouping in a variety of ways, classification keys, food chains, environment changes and the dangers to living things.

 

Electricity

Conductors, insulators, circuits

Y5

Forces

Gravity, water/air resistance, friction. Mechanisms helping smaller forces have a bigger effect: levers, pulleys and gears

 

Earth and Space

Solar system, moon, day and night

Living things and their habitats

Differences of: mammals, amphibians, insects, birds.

Life processes and reproduction of some plants and animals

 

Animals, including humans

Describe changes as humans develop in to old age.

Properties and changes of materials

Use of everyday materials, displaying and recovering, filtering/sieving/evaporating.

Sorting for: hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electric & thermal) and responses to magnets. Ir/reversible changes, how some changes result in a new material

Y6

 

Animals, including humans

Impact of exercise/drugs/lifestyle.

Circulatory system. Nutrients &water transported within animals

 

Light

Travels in straight lines, objects reflect light to eyes, shadows

Living things and their habitats

Grouping microorganisms, plants and animals. Reasons for classification including specific characteristics

 

Evolution and Inheritance

Adapting for environment, fossils, off-springs are

not identical to parents

Electricity

Voltage of cells impacting brightness, recognising symbols, variations in how components function

 

 

 

Biology

 

 

Chemistry

 

Physics

 

 

 

 

Special Education Needs in Science

 

How do we ensure all children can access science lessons?

 

Our science planning is designed to ensure that all children are able to access lessons and are enthusiastic learners. We focus on a range of topics including plants, animals, materials, light, electricity and forces. Our lessons are planned to be suitably differentiated so that all children have the same experiences but they are tailored to their individual needs. We focus on how best the lessons can be structured to allow the children to achieve their potential whilst building up confidence and a continued love of science. For those children with complex additional needs, a suitably differentiated plan is developed with support, in some instances, by external agencies to ensure that we are providing them with the best opportunities to develop their skills and understanding of science. All children are given the opportunity to partake in experiments and learning experiences to enhance their understanding as well as having the opportunity to be involved in whole school science assemblies, attend after school science clubs with Fizz Pop Science and fully participate in the school’s annual Science Week. Throughout our school we adapt our environment to suit the needs of our children with resources such as coloured writing books, adapted pens and pencils and a range of hands-on practical resources such as vocabulary mats, knowledge organisers and models of the skeleton etc.

 

As a school we strive to support fully the teaching of science and to develop the children’s learning to allow each and every child to maximise their own individual potential. 

 

Impact - how do we measure the impact of our science curriculum?

 

Impact of the curriculum is based upon work completed in class; participation in discussions and completion of an entrance and exit card for each unit of work, which helps to ascertain the level of progress made. In addition, observations which demonstrate the children’s ability to plan, predict and conclude investigations.

 

Not only do we want children to acquire the appropriate age related knowledge linked to the Science curriculum, but also to embrace and nurture a love of Science which has been fostered within school, to encourage a strong sense of curiosity, enquiry and ambition within the children for today and as they continue through their academic journey and potential future job prospects.

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