At SEJ, we believe that science is a doorway through which children are provided with opportunities that help them gain a greater understanding of the world around them. Through making links and connections to real life experiences, they learn about how and why things work. Exploring through their own investigations, they will engage in experiments, be encouraged to question and develop an interest in the awe and wonder that is found in our day to day lives, the wider community and stretching further into outer space.
At SEJ, each science project begins with a ‘BIG Question’, which hooks the children in and engages them in the learning that is to follow. The proceeding series of lessons are tailored to enable the children to answer the ‘BIG question’, which forms part of their assessment opportunity at the end of the project. Science lessons are varied to incorporate enquiry, investigation and experimentation with the aim of building an enquiring mind in children about the world around them. By the end of the project, the children will have a vast knowledge and understanding of the content to be able to answer the ‘BIG question’ through written explanations, diagrams or presentations.
In order to provide children with opportunities to retain the knowledge that they have learned and consolidated, SEJ provides ‘Innovation Fridays’. This is an opportunity for children across the whole school to reflect, revisit prior learning and celebrate their understanding through challenges designed and planned for the children to display their skills. During these afternoons, children may construct, perform or present what they have learned from the previous project.
At the start of each project, a carefully selected bank of scientific vocabulary is introduced. Throughout the series of lessons, the vocabulary will be embedded through talk and activities, and become a part of the lessons ensuring that the science curriculum is vocabulary-rich.