A high-quality science education at Alverstoke Junior School provides the foundations for understanding the world in which we live. Through biology, chemistry and physics, children are given opportunities to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. As scientists, they will seek to find answers to existing questions as well as begin to explore their own. Children will develop the tools and vocabulary so that they can recognise and use the power of rational explanation to communicate and share their thinking with others.
Through concepts as well as discrete teaching, we have designed our science curriculum with the intent that all pupils will be given the opportunity to experience the following skills:
- 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.
We want children to enjoy and love learning about science by gaining this knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also through the exploration of our extensive outside environment and also through educational visits such as to the science centre in Winchester.
Science is taught in concept led or discrete blocks throughout the year so that children achieve depth in their learning. All units build on any prior learning and deepen children’s knowledge and understanding of each topic. Resources such as ‘Concept Cartoons’, ‘true/false quizzes’, ‘exploration of concrete materials’ ‘Open ended scientific questions’ and ‘video clips’ are some of the many ways we elicit children’s starting points and facilitate child-led questioning. Working scientifically is embedded within the content of biology, chemistry and physics. Pupils will learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions:
- Observing over time.
- Pattern seeking.
- Classifying and grouping.
- Comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations)
- Researching using secondary sources.