Science

“We especially need imagination in science. Question everything." Maria Mitchell

INTENT

At Stanley Park Junior School, we recognise the important role science plays in our everyday lives, today and for the future. Children have a natural curiosity about the world around them and we endeavour to develop skills associated with scientific enquiry in order to foster these interests. These include questioning, research, observation and evaluation. Our science lessons involve children getting hands-on with experiments and investigations to ensure they are not only fulfilling their own curiosities and questions, but also enjoying their learning and increasing their enthusiasm for the subject and their own findings. The children are constantly encouraged to use scientific vocabulary that has been built upon as topics are revisited during their primary school experience. This increases their confidence and prepares them for their next stage of education and life experiences.

IMPLEMENTATION

Pupils study a varied curriculum which covers life cycles and habitats, the human body, materials and changing states, rocks, magnets and electricity, the solar system and micro- organisms. They learn to develop their practical investigative skills by making predictions, planning and carrying out experiments; selecting and using appropriate materials; calibrating accurately; observing and recording methodically; communicating discoveries and critically evaluating their results.

The school has an established ecology area with a variety of habitats. The children also have the opportunity to study, grow and harvest plants in the "Green Zone" and at the school allotment. During the school year there are special science days – workshops, joint events with local high schools and evening events for families to attend.

Children consider issues which affect their own lives, and the lives of others. Eco reps encourage recycling and the conservation of energy, water and resources.


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