Curriculum Design and Intent
At Ringwood Junior School, our intention is that pupils develop a breadth of scientific knowledge and an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science, through scientific enquiries. We aim to use practical exploration and investigation activities to cultivate a spirit of enquiry in pupils and to develop their ability to work scientifically, enabling them to identify the evidence that needs gathering, how to gather it and how to analyse it. This will enable pupils to develop the knowledge and skills required to answer scientific questions about the world around them, as well as understanding the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
Science is taught during year group PPA time, by a team of 4 teachers who teach science across the school. This helps to ensure consistency and progression in planning, teaching and learning. Pupils receive approximately 2 hours of science teaching per week.
Science is divided into projects, many of which are repeated in different year groups, building on previous learning. Topics cover 9 areas: Animals, Plants, Variation and Evolution, Materials, Forces, Electricity, Light, Sound, Earth and Space.
Science planning is developed from The Science National Curriculum and Hampshire guidance.
Standards in science are monitored through lesson observations, learning walks and work scrutiny by SLMT and governors and monitoring of lessons, work scrutiny, pupil conferencing and moderation by the science team.
The science team attend courses run by Hampshire in order to keep up to date with current thinking, methods and ideas, as well as subscribing to “Powerful Science” – A Hampshire publication for primary and secondary leaders and teachers.
The outdoor environment is used as much as possible to extend opportunities for practical investigation and to help pupils make connections between their learning in science lessons and the world around them.
Teachers assess continuously to check understanding and to ensure that pupils remain on track. Termly teacher assessments are recorded for each pupil and data is regularly analysed by the subject leaders. Knowledge quizzes and retrieval opportunities support the assessment of pupils’ knowledge.
Pupils achieve highly in science, across the school. Teachers know the pupils well, provide additional support where needed, have a good understanding of science across Key Stage 2, work hard producing and improving planning and show excellent knowledge and enthusiasm in their teaching.
Pupil conferencing, informal feedback from pupils and parent feedback at parents evenings, shows science to be a subject that pupils enjoy and look forward to each week. Pupils particularly enjoy the many opportunities for practical, investigative science and outdoor learning.
Plants - Nutrition
Plants – Seed dispersal
Animals, including humans - Respiration
Variation and Evolution - Evolution and Natural Selection
Electricity *Linked to DT
Earth and space
Materials - States of matter
Animals, including humans - Skeleton
Forces - Air resistance, water resistance, friction
Forces - Magnets
Animals, including humans - Nutrition, Teeth, Digestion
Organisms and their habitats (Inc. food chains, environmental change)
Plants – Germination and reproduction
Materials - Making new substances
Electricity *Linked to DT
Materials - Changing materials
Variation and Evolution - Classification and Lifecycles
A healthy eating display to accompany our Year 4 Nutrition unit
An interactive seed dispersal display to support our Year 4 Plants unit
Our bird box display tracks the progress of this year’s chicks.
A whole school Science display to show case the excellent learning in our school, accompanied by pupil views.
Investigating light and shadows
Discovering how magnets work
Making simple circuits
Designing a healthy menu
Investigating different types of seeds
Looking closely at skeletons
Why does the moon change shape?
Investigating the effects of air resistance on different sized parachutes
How do my lungs work?
Designing more complex circuits
Investigating asexual reproduction
How are sounds made?