Rednal Hill Junior School
Intent, implementation and Impact – Science.
Here at Rednal Hill Junior School we understand the need for all of our children to develop their scientific ability both as a subject in its own right and as a tool for further investigation into other areas of the curriculum at Rednal Hill Junior School we provide a progressive and continuous Science Curriculum in which our children are able to explore and discover their world.
Our aim is to equip children with exciting and empowering experiences for them to draw upon both today and for the future ahead of them. Our science curriculum allow our children to build on our core values and we strive to ensure that these are met through a variety of learning experiences.
At Rednal Hill Junior School we believe that, through the delivery of high quality science education, we can provide the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science is constantly changing our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. It is for this reason that we believe all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundation knowledge and concepts in the form of a continual curriculum, pupils are encouraged to predict and explore, allowing them to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. By imparting key knowledge and vocabulary children begin to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Science here is about developing children’s ideas allowing them to make sense of the world in which they live and begin to see the endless possibilities that lie ahead. Through our science curriculum we ensure that children are exposed to high quality teaching and learning experiences. Children at Rednal Hill are provided with opportunities outside of the classroom environment which allow them to experience science in the real world through educational visits and experts visits into school.
By ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in science, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Planning for science is a process in which all teachers are involved to ensure that the school gives full coverage of, ‘The National Curriculum programmes of study for Science 2014’. Where possible, Science is linked to class topics. Science is taught as discrete units where needed to ensure coverage. Teachers adapt planning as needed to suit their children’s interests, current events, their own teaching style and the use of any support staff and the resources available.
We ensure that all children are provided with rich learning experiences that aim to:
- Help them acquire a growing understanding of the nature, processes and methods of scientific ideas.
- Prepare them for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world today and in the future.
- Help develop and extend the scientific concept of their world.
- Build on their natural curiosity and inspire them to develop a scientific approach to problems.
Encouraging open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance and developing the skills of 3 investigation – including: observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating.
- Develop their use of scientific language, recording and techniques
- Develop their use of computing in investigating and recording
- Make links between science and other subjects.
At Rednal Hill Junior School we aspire to promote children’s independence and for all children to take responsibility in their own learning, knowledge prompt sheets allow children to access key words and descriptors enabling them to share their learning with parents and carers.
The impact and measure of this is to ensure children not only acquire the appropriate age related knowledge linked to the science curriculum, but also skills which equip them to progress from their starting points, and within their everyday lives.
All children will have:•
- A wider variety of skills linked to both scientific knowledge and understanding, and scientific enquiry/investigative skills
- A richer vocabulary which will enable them to articulate their understanding of taught concepts
- High aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life
At Rednal Hill we ensure that children are growing as scientists through regular monitoring opportunities. These take the form of pupil conferencing (in which children are encouraged to show their work and discuss the content). Summative assessment also takes place through end of topic quizzes and teacher assessment using the educator program, these are used to inform future plans.