At Thames View Junior School, we aim to equip children with the knowledge required to use and implement Science today, tomorrow and for their futures. A high-quality Science education provides foundations for understanding the world. Therefore, building key knowledge and understanding concepts within our Science curriculum, we ensure our pupils recognise the power of rational explanation, develop a sense of curiosity about natural phenomena and develop respect for the environment and living things, including themselves and each other. Pupils are encouraged to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying, carrying out simple comparative tests, and investigating using secondary sources of information.
The majority of Science taught is embedded within the projects, however, some will be taught discretely to maximise the learning time and experience. Our curriculum is enriched with scientific enquiry using our own school environment, educational visits and whole school workshops.. A Science activity week is timetabled into the year and is an opportunity for the children to apply taught skills for scientific enquiry, learning about a scientist and recording and evaluating results from experiments.