“Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.”
At Bolsover Church of England Junior School, we believe the children should be exposed to a high-quality science education which provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
The National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific 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 around them
- Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
- Working scientifically, following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through teaching scientific content.
What do we know about careers in science?
Learning in science, it’s all about innovation, discovery and research. Careers in science are genuinely some of the most exciting, interesting and significant out there, they are diverse. It’s all about improving people’s lives, improving commercial enterprises and developing knowledge and understanding of people, nature, the world and the universe. Jobs in the scientific sector include:
- Biomedical engineer
- Clinical psychologist
- Clinical scientist (various fields)
- Crime scene investigator
- Forensic scientist
- Hospital pharmacist
What do we cover across school in Science?
How do we progress our skills?
How do we assess learning in Science?
The purpose of assessing pupil progress in Science is to assist pupils in understanding their own progress, aid teachers with tailoring next lessons, as well as informing the monitoring of progression and attainment. Teachers show on their plans when, what and how they mean to assess pupil’s progress, this is usually replicated on the toolkits used for the lesson so that the children understand what is expected of them (See Marking and Feedback Policy).
Teachers use regular assessment for learning (afl) throughout the lesson to tailor the needs of the pupils. These assessments made throughout the academic year and teachers liaise with all stakeholders to suit.
On completion of a unit of work, we make a summary judgement about the work of each pupil in relation to the expectations of the unit. We record the progress on skills sheets for assessment, which we use as a basis for assessing the progress of each child, for setting new goals, and for passing information on to the next teacher at the end of the year.