“The important thing is to never stop questioning” – Albert Einstein.
At Cavendish Close, our aim is to instil curiosity and enable children to question Science through a range of situations. The Scientific area of learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry. It will develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence.
At Cavendish Close Junior Academy, in conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our Science teaching offers opportunities for children to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each topic the children study and these topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at school. Furthermore, children are encouraged to develop their 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 around them. The progression of these skills is essential for the next stage of their scientific education and we recognise that Science is essential to develop our children’s confidence in their own concepts. Children are able to build upon their prior knowledge and increases their enthusiasm for the topics whilst embedding this procedural knowledge into the long-term memory through a range of meta-cognition tasks throughout the school. All children are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including observations, planning and investigations, alongside deepening their scientific knowledge by being encouraged to question the world around them and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their scientific based questions. Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and developed, and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged. Concepts taught are reinforced by focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, enabling pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions.
The ACE curriculum through Science:
Science helps children to aspire by developing their awareness of a variety of scientific roles and providing them with opportunities to learn about a range of scientists and their contributions to Science today. Each year group studies different scientists and explores their significance to the science world. Furthermore, we encourage children to aim high and challenge themselves in Science to be the best they can and question the world around them using a range of high quality scientific vocabulary.
Science helps children to collaborate with their peers and develop their curiosity and questioning through scientific enquiry and high quality STEM activities. Children are encouraged to develop their scientific vocabulary through participating in a variety of investigations. In addition to working as a team, children are also encouraged to respectfully challenge each other’s views and evidence their findings using scientific research. Oral and written communication is enhanced through the use of scientific vocabulary in discussion and results are presented in an array of ways.
Children’s experience of Science is positive in a respected, valued and safe environment. They experience a wide range of practical activities which encourage them to challenge view and question theories and results – often leading to their own scientific questions for future experiments. Although Science it taught as a stand-alone subject, where possible, strong connectives are made to the topics being taught, enabling the children to become immersed in the unit and deepen their understanding. All children take part in National Science week - enabling them to further question ideas with high aspirations and exciting experiences.
Through all of these, our children are able to become ACE scientists.