“The most important thing is to never stop questioning.” - Albert Einstein
All pupils at Manor Farm Junior School are taught the key knowledge and skills in the scientific disciplines to develop understanding of the world around them at an age-appropriate level and in line with the National Curriculum. We harness children’s natural excitement and curiosity and inspire them to pursue scientific exploration and enquiry to support their understanding of the world.
Children develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They understand how their scientific knowledge and skills are relevant and applicable to the wider world around them. They are aware of the wide-ranging uses and implications of science, today and for the future, and recognise the power of Science to change the world.
Children are supported to develop positive attitudes towards science and to understand that anyone can be a scientist. They are exposed to and empowered by a variety of opportunities outside of taught science lessons, including visitors, participation in out-of-school science learning contexts, and consumption of scientific media.
Children develop a secure knowledge of the topics studied, based on appropriate progression through the key stages. They learn a range of subject-specific technical terminology and are supported to use this accurately and precisely.
Children learn about the nature, processes and methods of science through the study of biology, chemistry and physics. They develop their scientific enquiry skills with clear progression throughout the key stages. They ask relevant questions and answer these through a range of approaches to scientific enquiry. They collect, analyse, critique and present their data in a variety of ways. They evaluate their learning and consider further questions that can be raised.
Discussion is central to the science curriculum. Children are supported to develop their cognitive, linguistic, physical, and social and emotional oracy skills through frequent and sustained opportunities for talk in science. This includes whole class discussion, partner and group work, and presentation of findings.