'A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.' (National Curriculum: Science Programmes of Study, 2015)
At Diss Church of England Junior Academy, we are using Science Mastery 'Ark' which is a fully resourced, carefully sequenced, knowledge-rich curriculum. The programme, which children are following from Year 1 to Year 6, is based on the best available research and evidence on what pupils need to know and retain as well as how they learn, memorise and practice what they have learnt. Obtaining knowledge and practising skills are connected and both are vital to the learning process. A strong foundation of knowledge is needed to make the practice of skills meaningful. We aim to improve opportunities for all young people. In our Science lessons, we enable pupils to develop a comprehensive understanding of the big picture of Science to prepare pupils for secondary school and beyond.
British Science Week (dates to be announced in November)