Science

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity.  All pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.

At Chapel End Junior Academy, our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills, and understanding, as well as a sense of enjoyment in Science. We do this through whole-class teaching.  We encourage the children to ask, as well as answer, scientific questions. They have the opportunity to use a variety of data, such as statistics, graphs, pictures, and photographs. They use ICT in Science lessons where it enhances their learning. Pupils take part in role-play and discussions and they are provided with opportunities to present reports to the rest of the class. Wherever possible, the pupils are involved in practical activities as these increase enthusiasm and motivation and provide first-hand experience.  We teach Science to all children, whatever their ability, in accordance with the school curriculum policy of providing a broad and balanced education to all children. Teachers provide learning opportunities matched to the needs of children with learning difficulties.

Fundamental Great British Values

At Chapel End Junior Academy we understand clearly our responsibility in preparing children for their next stage of education and for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life, laying the foundations so that they can take their place successfully in modern British society. We promote a respect for and understanding of different faiths, cultures and lifestyles. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of each child is central to everything that we do as a

School and central to our vision of “Dream Believe Achieve”. This is evidenced through our teaching and learning, our inclusive environment and through the many opportunities provided for our children to understand democracy, law, liberty, mutual respect and tolerance.

SPIRITUAL, MORAL, SOCIAL & CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

Science teaching offers children many opportunities to examine some of the fundamental questions in life.  Through many of the amazing processes that affect living things, children develop a sense of awe and wonder regarding the nature of our world. Science raises many social and moral questions. Through the teaching of Science, children have the opportunity to discuss, for example, the effects of smoking and the moral questions involved in this issue. We give them the chance to reflect on the way people care for the planet and how Science can contribute to the way we manage the earth’s resources. Science teaches children about the reasons why people are different and, by developing the children’s knowledge and understanding of physical and environmental factors, it promotes respect for other people.

Planning

Science is taught following the 2014 National Curriculum. At Chapel End, it is taught both through a thematic approach and as discrete lessons. Year groups seek to find opportunities to combine scientific learning of other subjects in synergy to enhance understanding across the curriculum.  An example of this is combining the science unit of electricity with a design and technology project.   The NC objectives provide a clear outline for teachers, identifying the content which is to be taught in each Year Group.  Teachers complete a Working Scientifically progression grid to ensure that scientific enquiry/working scientifically is taught through and is clearly related to substantive science content in the NC programme of study.

Assessment

Science is taught following the 2014 National Curriculum. At Chapel End, it is taught both through a thematic approach and as discrete lessons. Year groups seek to find opportunities to combine scientific learning of other subjects in synergy to enhance understanding across the curriculum.  An example of this is combining the science unit of electricity with a design and technology project.   The NC objectives provide a clear outline for teachers, identifying the content which is to be taught in each Year Group.  Teachers complete a Working Scientifically progression grid to ensure that scientific enquiry/working scientifically is taught through and is clearly related to substantive science content in the NC programme of study.

MONITORING & REVIEW:

Individual teachers are responsible for the standard of children’s work and for the quality of their teaching in Science. Year teams work collaboratively to support each other in the teaching of Science.  The Science lead provides staff with current developments in the subject, and provides direction for the subject in the school. Year group teams as well as the Science lead evaluate the strengths and weaknesses in the subject and indicate areas for further improvement.

Collecting Evidence

It is extremely important for pupils to be able to share their ideas about the subjects which they are taught.  We do this through the use of pupil voice interviews and questionnaires organised by the Science lead.  Pupil voice has shown that children enjoy science lessons especially when they are practical sessions. Teachers also use floor books to recall some of the working scientific activities carried out in class.  Book looks carried out by the Science Lead and CSLT have identified areas of strengths and areas for development in the teaching of science.

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Year groups have different ways to enrich their curriculum with some inviting visitors to talk with pupils on a specific topic as well as going on trips to various educational establishments and places of interest.

  • Year 3 National History Museum
  • Year 4 Centre for the cell
  • Year 5 Local visit – Lloyds park
  • Year 6 Science Museum and National History Museum

Targets for 2018 – 19

  •  To develop science teaching across the school so that teachers have greater confidence of the different elements of Working Scientifically.
  • To promote a love for learning of science, children to be immersed in the engaging Science week activities. We also aiming to provide every child in the school with the opportunity to work with a STEM ambassador or participate in a trip rich with scientific learning.
  • Offer a science club for pupils excited about science – Crest awards
  • Create opportunities to work with STEM ambassadors in the London area.
  • Teachers to be more familiar with moderation of science work and assessment without levels.