Please read on for what Science looks like at Peel Common Junior school!
"Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood." Marie Curie, Polish born French Physicist and twice Nobel prize recipient
Science at Peel Common Junior School aims to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them as well as acquiring the key skills and knowledge to help them think scientifically. We aim to ensure the national curriculum objectives are met though hands on investigations that encourage scientific curiosity and encourage pupils to question their findings, seek for answers and link possible ideas to the everyday world around them. Where possible, science units will made cross curricular with opportunities for children to apply ideas through a range of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) projects.
Teachers introduce new units by assessing children’s understanding of previous learning and build upon this by teaching just enough of the curriculum for children to then be able to explore, investigate and apply their understanding; working as real scientists. Science retrieval lessons are built in throughout units to recap knowledge and skills from both previous lessons and units.
We believe investigating questions where the answers are unknown are crucial in exciting scientific curiosity and engaging learners. We hope by being exposed to problems and evidence that is not always what is predicted, fosters an interest to find out and make links to prior knowledge and understanding.
By taking part in regular investigating and problem solving, the pupils at Peel Common Junior will become confident observers capable of planning, fair testing and finally analysing their evidence to draw conclusions. Throughout this science process teachers will continually assess the children’s’ understanding, adapting and intervening so all pupils have the opportunity to leave with the scientific skills needed for the next stage as well as a sense of curiosity for the ever developing world we live in.
"It is the responsibility of scientists never to suppress knowledge, no matter how awkward that knowledge is, no matter how it may bother those in power; we are not smart enough to decide which pieces of knowledge are permissible and which are not." Carl Sagan, American astronomer, planetary scientist, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, and science communicator