At John Henry Newman Academy, all our children will be given the opportunity to explore confidently the awe and wonder of science. Through big questions and enquiry base teaching, we will foster an understanding and curiosity about the world around us which will lead to inquisitive minds for life- long learning.
Our bespoke ‘mastery’ curriculum at J.H.N. is based on the National Curriculum alongside Chris Quigley ‘Greater depth in Science’.
As children progress on their learning journey through the school they will develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Children will develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries – ‘research using secondary sources’, ‘pattern seeking’, identifying, classifying & grouping, observing over time, comparative & fair testing, which will help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
Every term, children across the school work on the same Scientific topic, for example ‘plants’, which allows for the repetition of key skills and vocabulary to deepen their knowledge, skills and understanding. Through this consistent repetition of topics, children able to more effectively recall key information from previous weeks/ years which in turn creates children who leave JHN with a broad set of vocabulary, the ability to ask and answer high level questions proving that they know more, remember more through the gaining of powerful knowledge.
Pupils are equipped with the scientific skills required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. We believe that it is important for lessons to have a skills-based focus, and that the knowledge can be taught through this.
At the John Henry Newman Academy, through the use of the schools four Key Questions and our 5 key principles across all year groups we ensure science teaching and learning is good when:-
- We are hands on.
- We are having practical experiences based on everyday life.
- We are asking key questions using scientific substantive concepts (these are mapped out across the year groups)
- We are working as a team.
- We are curious.