Science Curriculum (Herne Junior School)
At Herne Junior School we aim to provide an engaging and practical learning environment, which is full of creativity and progressive across all year groups. Our science curriculum aims to build the foundations for understanding the world through the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics, as well as ‘weaving magic’ (inspired by Sir John Jones) through interesting and inspiring lessons. All pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science in everyday life and in the wider world. Through building up a body of key knowledge, language and concepts, pupils are encouraged to explore the big idea, question scientific theories and investigate based on their own enquiries. This develops a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena and allows them to explore their own ideas.
At Herne Junior School our Science curriculum is based on a highly effective programme of study which supports teaching, enables the children to build on prior learning and embeds scientific vocabulary to articulate their understanding. The working scientifically requirements are incorporated into each topic so that in addition to the core knowledge and vocabulary, children are developing skills of asking questions, observation, investigation and fair testing, predictions, collecting data and evaluation. As well as promoting the importance working in collaboration with others to solve problems and a resilience to find answers. The school is located within the beautiful South Downs National Park, therefore allowing us to utilise the natural environment and community around us and also the school’s environment, including the school’s pond and extensive grounds.
- Year 3 – Rocks, Animals inc. humans, Light, Forces and Magnets, Plants
- Year 4 – Sound, Electricity, Living Things, States of Matter, Animals inc. humans
- Year 5 – Forces, Materials, Living Things, Earth and Space, Animal inc. humans
- Year 6 – Light, Evolution and inheritance, Living Things, Electricity, Animals inc. humans
- Across all four years – a longitudinal/environmental study
When pupils leave Herne Junior School, they will have engaged in practical and theoretical based scientific enquiry because of the rich, broad and balanced Science curriculum that is progressive across the school. Their learning in science will have provided them with wider knowledge, independence and understanding of the world around us. The children will have an increased awareness of how Science has and continues to change the world we live in. Through studies of famous scientists from a diverse range of backgrounds and role-models in the community, the children have an understanding of how different scientists impact on our current knowledge of scientific theories. Children will have a love for science and have an awareness of the career opportunities that science may lead to (including STEM) and develop a love for lifelong learning.
“The important thing is to never stop questioning.”
See our progression maps below.