Approaches to Science

Vision for the teaching, learning and assessment of Science at Crofton Junior School.
In science, we inspire our children by giving them the opportunities to pursue their natural curiosity; promoting the experience of exploring and investigating scientific phenomena, in a range of contexts, to ensure a continually evolving knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Our children will be encouraged to ask questions, take risks, experiment, reflect, make and learn from mistakes, in a safe environment; whereby they acquire and apply core skills, which equip them for an ever-changing world. Through stimulating and challenging hands-on, inquiry-based curriculum, children will experience the joy of having wonderful ideas, exploration and investigation – that is, the joy of finding out! Our curriculum provides experiences where children can secure and extend their scientific knowledge and vocabulary as well as support their numeracy and literacy skills. While not all children will follow a career in science or related disciplines when they leave the school system, science literacy will influence their lives daily: for example, managing their health and understanding issues such as climate change. Crofton science is of vital importance to individuals and the nation’s well-being.

In order to ensure that we demonstrate a consistent understanding of what age-related expectations looks like in Years 3, 4 and 5 as we build up to the end of Key Stage 2 at Year 6, we have highlighted examples of pupils' work focusing on the 'Working Scientifically' programme of study. This programme of study states the methods, processes and skills of practical science, which is taught throughout all units of work.