The aim of Science at Alderton Junior School is to develop children’s curiosity, enjoyment and practical skills alongside a growing understanding of scientific concepts. Children will raise questions and investigate the world in which they live through first hand and practical experiences that foster a sense of awe and wonder.
Science is taught through an adapted scheme of work (The Kent Scheme) to better meet the language and communication needs of our pupils and provide opportunities for cross-curricular reading and writing.
Through weekly lessons, teachers deliver the National Curriculum for Science in a logical sequence of working scientifically skills and knowledge that builds on prior learning and equips pupils for study beyond Key Stage 2.
The Science overview (below) outlines the various topics that children study throughout their journey at our school. The sequencing of the topics ensures that children are progressing in both their depth of knowledge and working scientifically and scientific enquiry skills. The symbols that are displayed underneath the topic names are linked to the enquiry skills that the children develop. Each topic lends itself to different enquiry skills and so the children are given the opportunity to hone each skill repeatedly across the year.
Outside the Classroom
Our school grounds offer the children a range of opportunities to learn Science outdoors. The large field, wooded area, long grasses and fruit and vegetable garden allow the children to apply their knowledge and skills to the world around them. They are able to investigate habitats, learn about life cycles, observe changes over time, classify plants and trees, look for patterns in the behaviour of birds and carry out investigations on growing vegetables in different conditions and more! We are also currently developing a wild meadow and pond area to further extend our outdoor learning provision.
Our learning in action
Watch this space for updates!
Miss Eleanor Davies