Science at Highfield Junior School
Science is a key part of our curriculum. It aims to be awe-inspiring and develop children’s understanding of the world around them. At Highfield Junior School, we follow the Kent and IPC schemes of work which means children get a balanced coverage of topics. Science lessons are mainly taught through practical work whereby children plan, carry out and evaluate a focussed investigation. Science lessons are creative, ‘hands on’ and use a range of resources.
The principal focus of science teaching in key stage 2 is to enable pupils to broaden their scientific view of the world around them. They should do this through exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas about everyday phenomena and the relationships between living things and familiar environments, and by beginning to develop their ideas about functions, relationships and interactions. Pupils should develop skills for ‘Working scientifically’. They should ask their own questions about what they observe and make some decisions about which types of scientific enquiry are likely to be the best ways of answering them, including:
To find out what Science topic your child is learning this term, refer to their Year Group page and look under the latest Curriculum letter.
This academic year, we have been working on improving the children’s scientific awareness and thinking. We have recently introduced an interactive Science board in our hall, which allows children to think scientifically about images that they see. We are going to launch an extra-curricular Science club to the Upper School in February, which we then hope to extend to other year groups in time.
We are also very excited about our first HJS Science week in February, which we have called ‘Making Connections’. As well as fun activities run by class teachers, we will have external suppliers coming to perform experiments with the children. This includes a Forensic Science Workshop and a workshop with a company called Mad Science.
Here is summary of the Science content of our IPC curriculum.