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Science

In the words of Stephen Hawking “Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge.”

 

Overall, the positive primary science experience we aim to provide at Buxton Junior School is key to encouraging future generations not only to study this subject at secondary school, but also potentially to follow it as a career. 

 

One aim of science teaching at Buxton Junior School is to enhance pupils' understanding of scientific concepts.  We follow the National Curriculum, see below:

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Plants

Living things and their habitats

Living things and their habitats

Living things and their habitats

Animals (incl. humans)

 

Animals (incl. humans)

Animals (incl. humans)

Animals (incl. humans)

 

Rocks and soils

 

States of Matter

Properties and changes of Materials

Evolution and Inheritance

Light

Sound

Earth and Space

Light

Forces and magnets

Electricity

Forces

Electricity

 

One common strand running through all year groups is animals including humans, and therefore all year groups complete this at the same time of the year, allowing us to provide some common experiences for children, for example chicks hatching from eggs.

Another aim of Science teaching is to develop children's capacity to understand scientific procedures and to ‘Work Scientifically’ which is the other common strand running through every topic area. This practical and investigative nature of Science means it can be one of the most exciting and practical subjects for children (and adults!).  Children love the chance to learn through being hands-on and finding things out for themselves, and we at Buxton Junior School, aim for this as much as possible, to help children understand the world around them and the relevance and impact of Science to their everyday lives.

In addition to lessons, every other year we hold a ‘Science Week’.  During this week, filled with many fun and engaging learning experiences, we aim to inspire and enthuse children about Science and instil a ‘thirst’ and ‘love’ for the subject.  We have used expertise from industry and academia to promote positive role models and provide different experiences.  For example, specialists from HSL and Astra Zeneca have been involved in leading workshops.  As a result of working with industry over a number of years during Science week, we now also run a Science club for older pupils.  We meet once per half term (at BJS), along with students from other primary schools.  Experts from industry lead the sessions and have included forensic science type investigations, building rockets and extracting DNA from bananas!

  

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