In line with the National Curriculum Science Programmes of Study, Honeywell Junior School aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge they require to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future
Throughout our programme of study, all children will acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group, as well as the application of scientific skills. We ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are built-on and developed throughout children’s time at the school so that they can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments and explaining concepts confidently. In addition, we want our children to have a broad scientific vocabulary. Scientific language is taught and developed as topics are often revisited in different year groups.
At Honeywell Junior School, we want our children to be curious about the world around them. We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts and skills. It also promotes excellent opportunities for group learning and developing positive attitudes about the world we live in. Furthermore, we aim to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the natural and made world and a respect for the environment that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
Scientific enquiry is at the heart of Science teaching. We provide children with the opportunity to develop their own questions and to consider ways of finding out answers, fostering problem solving skills, gaining ownership over their own learning and ultimately a better understanding of scientific concepts. They are encouraged to observe, raise questions, make predictions, experiment and record their findings. This includes developing the ability to examine things systematically, select and sort information, understand the features of a fair test and to be able to collect and consider evidence.
Science is taught weekly throughout the school through a variety of topics according to the objectives laid out in the National Curriculum (e.g. Materials, Keeping Healthy, Forces, Electricity, The Earth and Beyond). Work is planned and tailored to the needs of each class using a range of resources including the ‘’ planning scheme. Pupils are assessed in Science through assessment tests alongside teacher observations of their work and discussions during lessons.
Science is also promoted though an annual Science and Engineering Week, exploration of Big Science Questions (questions relating to the wonders of the natural world), a range of Science trips, visitors and workshops and through our school Science Fair. Through these, we aim to equip children with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science for both today and for the future.