“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

Marie Curie.

BWJPS Approach to Science

At BWJPS, we provide a high quality science education that provides the foundations for an understanding of the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Learning science is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge of our world, and with developing skills associated with science as a process of enquiry.

Through teaching, we build up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts. Our pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They are encouraged to understand how science can develop an enquiring mind and analytical thinking skills through an enquiry based science curriculum. We recognise how science impacts our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity.

As one of the core subjects taught at primary level, we give the teaching and learning of science the prominence it deserves and ensure working scientifically is a strong thread throughout all units.

Maths Lead: Mrs Lesley Southward

Pupils should be able to describe associated processes and key characteristics in common language, but they should also be familiar with, and use, technical terminology accurately and precisely. They should build up and extended specialist vocabulary. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data. The social and economic implications of science are important but, generally, they are taught most appropriately within the wider school curriculum: teachers will wish to use different contexts to maximise their pupils’ engagement with and motivation to study science.

The ‘Programme of Study’ takes you directly to the relevant pages of the National Curriculum.

The ‘Curriculum Overview’ gives an overview of the units/ topics being covered within the subject. It shows you the year at a glance before describing each unit further (detailing the skills/ knowledge covered in each unit).

The ‘Progression Map’ details the skills and knowledge acquired in each year; highlighting how these progress from Nursery through to Year 6. This document includes a progression of key vocabulary.

The ‘End Points’ document shows the key objectives for this subject (within each year group) that are necessary for them to achieve ‘expected’.