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Science Intent Statement

Intent

Foremost at Backwell Junior School, we aim to develop an enthusiasm for science and a questioning approach that allows children to have a greater understanding, appreciation and sense of wonder for the world around them. We aim to achieve this through the acquiring of skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and an understanding of the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future. 

We want our children to be inquisitive about the World: to ask questions and to begin to reason why things happen so whilst acquiring knowledge is important, we also highly value the teaching of scientific skills and different enquiry types that are embedded in each unit of science. Through the modelling and teaching of skills, we aim to equip our children to be answer their own scientific enquires and to reflect on what they have found out.  Our aim is to give children skills that they can apply to different situations and to make them life-long learners with an enthusiasm for Science.

Science offers the key to unlocking our understanding of the world. 

Implementation

Science is taught weekly where we aim to enable all children to access our curriculum and not limited by their attainment in other subjects by the use of differentiated resource materials and activities that reflect our ‘Learning Without Limits’ school approach.  We offer a variety of learning approaches that are referenced in our planning and the balance of practical approaches to the teaching of science.  Within our planning, knowledge, skills and enquiry types are threaded throughout to ensure that children have opportunities to embed and practise their skills and demonstrate their knowledge.  Retrieval practises are a core aspect of our science curriculum delivery and children are given opportunities to reflect on their prior knowledge and understanding.  Every Year group has at least one overarching topic where science is the lead driver to further enhance the breadth and depth of the children experiences within science. Within every classroom we have clear question driven learning sequences displayed alongside key vocabulary and featured scientist to provide a context for the children’s learning

 

To build upon children’s natural enthusiasm and curiosity, we have a Science ambassador program where children take the lead in presenting and developing their own science interests and learning with the wider schools. Our children also have the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas about our curriculum and teaching of science through regular pupil conferences.

Quality first teaching reflects a strong balanced curriculum with opportunities to develop both skill and knowledge within Science.

Impact

At Backwell Junior School, children are engaged in and enthusiastic about their science learning.  The children at our school can talk with confidence about their learning and develop their own understanding further through reflective questioning.  They are able to demonstrate not only their knowledge but also their scientific enquiry skills through independent work and investigations.  To ensure we meet our aspiring targets for the teaching and learning of science within our school, teacher’s complete termly assessment profiles to track and monitor progress and attainment.

Children at Backwell Junior are confidence and competent scientists who enjoy the challenge of investigating and the opportunities they are given to expand their knowledge.