Headfield CE Junior School

Science   

Science Policy  

Why we teach Science

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world. Science has changed our lives and it is vital that all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.

At Headfield Junior School we are keen for pupils to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. The children are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. In order to enable pupils to broaden their scientific view of the world around them they are encouraged to explore, talk about, test and develop ideas about everyday phenomena then begin to recognise how these ideas help them to understand and predict how the world operates. We believe that Science should be inclusive and we work hard to ensure that the needs of all children are met through our varied and exciting Science curriculum. We are able to link science appropriately to other curricular areas, further enhancing the children’s understanding while keeping their learning relevant and fun.

 

How we teach Science

Our Science curriculum design gives each year group the best opportunity to successfully cover all the of the National Curriculum requirements. Projects usually last half a term, depending on the amount of content and the children’s interests. In some cases, projects may be taught for a shorter period, for example during a science week or gap day. It has a project-based, thematic approach, is rooted in opportunities to develop reading and writing and provides children with a range of rich and memorable learning experiences. Our Science curriculum promotes problem solving, creativity and communication whilst enabling and fostering children’s natural curiosity. It promotes innovation and enables children to reflect on and evaluate their learning. 

We provide the children with an engaging Science curriculum, including opportunities for practical activities that equips them for the future. Our Science curriculum aims to broaden the children’s knowledge, whilst promoting a desire to pose scientific questions and find the answers for themselves. Pupils are encouraged to explore, talk about, test and develop ideas about everyday phenomena, then begin to recognise how these ideas help them to understand and predict how the world operates. We believe that Science should be inclusive and we work hard to ensure that the needs of all children are met through our varied and exciting Science curriculum. There is a logical progression to the Science curriculum to ensure all children build on their prior knowledge and skills in order to reach their full potential. Through their time at Headfield, pupils are provided with age-appropriate texts, resources and experiences (relating to their topics) so that their Science learning experience can be enhanced further.

The topics covered within our interactive learning projects are as follows:

 

Year 3 Year 5

Plants

Scrumdidilyumptious

Living things and their habitats

Allotment

Animals, including humans

Scrumdidilyumptious & Predators

Properties and changing materials

Alchemy Island

Rocks

Tremors

Earth and space

Star Gazers

Light

Gods and Mortals

Forces

Scream Machine

Forces and magnets

Mighty Metals

Animals, including humans

Peasants, Princes and Pestilence

Year 4 Year 6

Living things and their habitats

Blue Abyss

Evolution and inheritance

ID

Animals, including humans

Burps, Bottoms & Bile

Light

Hola Mexico

States of matter

Potions

Electricity

Hola Mexico

Sound

Raiders and Traders

Animals, including humans

Blood Heart

 

Electricity

Road Trip USA

Living things and their habitats

Frozen Kingdom