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Chesswood Junior School

Chesswood Junior School

Science

Welcome to Science at Chesswood.

Please scroll down to see examples of great work in science at Chesswood

Science is taught throughout the school, based on first hand experience. That is, experimentation with practical materials. Investigation is emphasised by the National Curriculum and we devote about half of our time available to this aspect. The children are involved at all levels, from posing questions to designing experiments and drawing conclusions.

SCIENCE SEQUENCE OVERVIEW

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sCIENCE Vision

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 will be taught the essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, children will develop as competent scientists, having the confidence to apply their knowledge and skills in wider contexts. Pupils will be: a) encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena (awe and wonder); and, b) be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Our vision is to ignite pupils' curiosity, creating learners who think deeply, encouraging them to confidently explore and discover the world around them, so that they develop a deeper understanding of the world we live in. We want children to understand how scientists think and work, recognising the impact they have in the world, both historically and through the role science has in the future. We want children to have the confidence to make clear links between their learning and real life – and to understand how their developing knowledge and skills can be used to creatively solve a range of real-life problems. This will give them the tools that they will need to thrive in an ever-changing and uncertain world.  

sCIENCE principles

In line with the whole school curriculum policy, the following drivers and principles underpin everything we do in science.

Curriculum Drivers

Life Opportunities    Creativity, Confidence, Competence

Curriculum Principles

Balanced        Coherent         Real & Relevant

Knowledge Rich          Cognitively Challenging         Inclusive

science strategy

Life Opportunities 

Having a knowledge rich approach in science ensures children are equipped with the essential knowledge to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best of what has been thought and said.

The relevance of science in everyday life is brought to life, including a focus on science based careers, using ACRO champions to introduce children to individuals in the local community and beyond who have careers rooted in science. 

Creativity Confidence Competence

The science curriculum seeks to build knowledge upon knowledge and skills upon skills, sequencing progression through the school. This seeks to embed competence and confidence within the subject by focusing on core aspects children must achieve to be able to progress. From a basis of core knowledge, children are able to be more creative, using what they know to predict, compare and contrast – allowing them to plan and undertake science tests systematically and accurately. They will be able to apply their knowledge in debates and discussions, being articulate with their thoughts and ideas.

Balanced

The science curriculum seeks to build knowledge upon knowledge and skills upon skills, sequencing progression through the school. This seeks to embed competence and confidence within the subject by focusing on core aspects children must achieve to be able to progress. From a basis of core knowledge, children are able to be more creative, using what they know to predict, compare and contrast – allowing them to plan and undertake science tests systematically and accurately. They will be able to apply their knowledge in debates and discussions, being articulate with their thoughts and ideas.

Coherent

The science leader(s) has autonomy to build and oversee the whole school science curriculum at a medium term level, ensuring they have a full understanding of the progressive journey children have through the units planned – what has been taught before and how knowledge builds upon knowledge. Progression is sequenced deliberately and in detail, Identifying the key knowledge, skills and concepts (KSC) that need to be learnt and understood at each stage of the curriculum. Leaders are responsible to quality assure and ensure clear progression across the science curriculum. Following the model of the spiral and ladder curriculum, learning is revisited and built upon.

Real and Relevant

Science learning is rooted in real life experience, enabling children to understand the world around them. Units of work are linked, wherever possible, to the work of real-life scientists (historical and current), and to the lives of those whose careers have roots in science (eg electricians). ACRO champions will be developed so that children realise that a future career in Science is a realistic possibility and to understand some of the many scientific careers that are available. Children will be encouraged to think about science in everyday life through ‘science homework bag’ activities.

Knowledge Rich

The science curriculum seeks to sequence knowledge effectively, ensuring that children have a good understanding of core knowledge to enable them to progress from unit to unit. Knowledge is specified in detail in the medium term overviews to support teachers delivering a consistent curriculum; with core knowledge (taught to be remembered in the long term) outlined in knowledge organisers for units of work. Knowledge is seen as an essential foundation for children to be able to make informed decisions in their work; developing confidence which enables them to be competently creative in their work.

Cognitively Challenging

The science curriculum seeks to introduce children to the best of what has been thought and said, linking to key individuals historically and currently. Having a depth of knowledge (taught to be remembered), children can engage in more cognitively challenging activities. To this end, Bloom’s Taxonomy is used to promote higher order thinking skills of synthesis and evaluation.

Inclusive

A knowledge focus is an inclusive approach. Knowledge is selected deliberately, focusing on the best of which has been thought and said in science, ensuring ‘cultural capital’ is developed for all. A knowledge focus has significant advantages for disadvantaged children as it ‘enables students to acquire knowledge that takes them beyond their own experiences.… Knowledge-led curricula attempt to provide young people with a school experience that enables them to be socially mobile, for this is at the core of what social justice is: enabling all people, regardless of socio-economic background, to be provided with the opportunities to succeed in life.’ We will do this through the following: maximising cross-curricular links;  frequent referencing of Science as a life opportunity (see above); use of homework bags to increase excitement and engagement in Science; using The Great Chesswood Science Fair as a platform for showcasing the children’s enthusiasm for, and engagement in, Science.  

So How does this work in practiCe?

Please see further below for some examples of our children's learning journeys through the different strands of the Science curriculum but first here are some examples of how we use The Great Chesswood Science Fair and our Science Homework Bags to help build our children's Creativity, Competence and Confidence in Science whilst also developing their Cultural Capital, i.e. their ability to talk confidently and passionately about what they have learnt and how it relates to their own life experiences.

animals including humans  

year 3 - Skeletons, Muscles & Nutrition

 

Year 4 - Teeth and Digestion

 Year 4 have been learning about tooth decay and their hygiene

Year 6 - Circulatory System

Living Things and Their Habitats

 

Plants and Human Growth

 

rocks

 

forces and magnets (PULLEYS, LEVERS AND GEARS) y3&5

The children in Year 5 have been learning about forces to understand how they effect everyday objects. While using force meters (Newton meters) the children were able to measure the amount of gravity acting upon objects they found in the classroom.

Once the children had explored different forces, they moved onto looking at different pulleys, levers and gears, which reduce the amount of force needed to lift objects.   

The children then applied what they had learnt in the classroom to larger scaled pulleys, levers and gears. Children used their knowledge, competing to become Chesswood's strongest child, including how to lift a teacher using one hand. 

plants

light and dark y3&6

living things and their habitats (CLASSIFICATION) y4&5&6

CHANGES IN PROPERTIES MATERIALS states and matter Y4&5

sound 

electricity Y4&6

Year 4 have been learning about the components needed to create a simple circuit. They then used this learning to build their own ones in small groups. By the end of this unit children were able to apply their knowledge of circuits to build working torches using milk bottles. 

In year 6 they have been building on knowledge about simple circuits acquired in Year 4 to test the effects of adding and removing resistors and batteries on the output of energy. They have also learnt how to measure amps and volts. This unit culminated in the children designing and building a light up Christmas card for a company who gave specific requirements.

 

The children also learnt about sources of sustainable energy which a key focus on the Rampion wind farm off the coast of Worthing. They tested home everyday appliances to measure energy usage and cost in their homes. 

space

human growth

evolution and inheritance

In Year 6, they have been learning about Charles Darwin's 'Theory of Evolution', genes and inheritance.

 THE GREAT CHESSWOOD SCIENCE FAIR

The Great Chesswood Science Fair allows children to be the 'experts' in an area of science of their choice. They prevent their experiments / demonstrations to a real audience of peers and parents, eloquently giving explanations confidently and competently.