Our Children, Our Future.
Science at Jenyns follows the National curriculum. We use the Primary Science Teaching Trust progression document to ensure the children are building upon the knowledge that they have previously been taught.
Our aim is to meet the needs of all the children at Jenyns. We ensure that we teach and cover the Statutory framework for the foundation stage and the National Curriculum objectives for Science (and where possible) link learning to our core texts, so that it is meaningful and relevant. This will develop and broaden our children’s vocabulary. We encourage our children to ask questions and work collaboratively to come to their own conclusions through an inquiry-based approach.
In EYFS, areas of science are explored and developed through play, investigation and observation. This may be child, or adult-led. Some learning will be planned for; other skills will be mastered in the moment through child-initiated learning with skilful questioning leading to discovery. Observations and pictures (which the children may annotate) are recorded through Tapestry.
In Key Stage 1 and 2, Science is taught weekly at Jenyns and in half termly units. We use the Primary Science Teaching Trust progressions document to ensure that children are building on knowledge and key skills. Lessons are planned to build upon prior learning, ensuring learning is memorable and meaningful to our pupils. We use the PSTT progression in scientific knowledge document (as well as knowledge organisers for each half-termly unit) to ensure there is full curriculum coverage, including the key learning and vocabulary that our children need to acquire in line with the National Curriculum.
Outdoor learning is a huge part of our curriculum and enables science to be taught using outdoor learning spaces: the sensory garden, pond area and forest school. Problem solving opportunities allow children to find out more for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers.
Throughout the school (from EYFS to KS2), lessons are predominantly practical – allowing children to develop critical thinking skills – essential in science. Children are encouraged to select and use equipment, collate and interpret results and discuss conclusions based on real evidence.
Teachers will use precise questioning throughout the learning process to assess the children’s knowledge and understanding. We also create a positive attitude to science learning within our classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all pupils can achieve high standards in science.
Our children are motivated and engaged in science and are resourceful in their approaches to investigations. Our curriculum ensures that our children are provided with essential knowledge and the foundations for understanding of the world. Progression is clearly planned for from Early Years to KS2 and evidenced in their learning. Scientific skills are developed and prior learning is built upon each year.
Children can use this prior learning to deepen their own understanding, making links and asking questions. Learning is assessed using questioning and evidence within the children’s books.