Through our teaching of science at Brookfield Junior School, we aim to broaden the children's scientific view of the world around them through exploring and talking about their ideas; asking their own questions about scientific phenomena; and developing ideas about functions, relationships and interactions. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions about what they observe and make some decisions about which types of scientific enquiry are likely to be the best ways of answering them. Children should draw simple conclusions and use some scientific language, first, to talk about and, later, to write about what they have found out. We aim to support children to acquire specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes, and also an understanding of the uses and implications of science today and for the future.
At Brookfield Junior School, lessons are focused around the core skills of engagement (play and exploring), motivation (active learning), and thinking (creative and critical), and we endeavour to embed scientific enquiry within each topic that the children study. These topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at school. Children are given opportunities to build upon prior knowledge and increase their enthusiasm for the topics taught, whilst embedding procedural knowledge into the long-term memory.
All children are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including observations, planning and investigations, as well as being encouraged to question the world around them and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their scientific based questions. As with all areas of the curriculum, specialist vocabulary for scientific topics is taught and built up, and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged. Concepts taught are reinforced by focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions.