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Science at HFJS is taught weekly based the Cornerstones Curriculum.   For science driven Interactive Learning Projects, the children complete science lessons linked with their project.  During other terms, we teach Science discreetly.  We cover all of the National Curriculum programmes of study during the school year.  Please see our science overview for this academic year.

 At HFJS staff agree that children need to be given the opportunity to be creative when exploring a programme of study.  This will enhance their engagement and excitement for the learning.  We ensure that all resources and equipment is available to scaffold and assist in the children’s experiences in Science.  We like the children to have a variety of opportunities to use practical resources and undertake fun experiments.  We believe that children should ask scientific questions and find ways to answer them.  We encourage an environment of exploration, investigation and collaboration.

 At the beginning of each new Science programme of study, children have opportunities to demonstrate the previous learning in the subject.  Then practical experiences are given to ensure they have ‘a hands on approach’ and can explore different materials to increase their scientific vocabulary.  As part of the learning, children answer questions by planning, conducting and evaluating scientific investigations.  At the end of a unit of work, teachers assess the children’s work to show progression and identify any gaps.

 To enhance learning we offer a weekly after school STEM club.  The children collaborate, create and evaluate whilst making fidget spinners, rollercoasters, fan powered cars and steady hand games.  The children also use perseverance and problem solving to ensure their design works properly.  We hold in school competitions for the children to deepen their curiosity.  The winners receive a place in a science club or an off-site visit to a local educational science zone.

 Science Week is celebrated yearly using a whole school investigation.  This year the children had to find out which biscuit was the best dunker.  They examined and researched ingredients in a variety of different biscuits, decided how they were going to test the biscuits and conducted fair tests to achieve accurate results.  The overall winner in the school was the Rich Tea, it held more than twice its own weight in tea!

Here at HFJS we try to utilise the science capital available to us from friends, colleagues, other schools, parents and governors to add to the children’s enjoyment of science.  This year we have hosted: a light and reflection workshop from Wrenn School; a dental nurse visit to year 4 to discuss the importance of oral hygiene; Lt Cdr John Ireland from the British Navy to talk about his experience and knowledge of submarines.  In autumn term, our Year 6 children are able to use the facilities of The Ferrers School to dissect a heart during their work on the circulatory system.

 Please contact Mrs Münster if you are willing to talk to the children about science in your workplace.

 

Main Contact

The name, postal address and telephone number of the school, and the name of a person to whom enquiries should be addressed is:

Mrs Victoria Bull
Higham Ferrers Junior School,
Saffron Road,
Higham Ferrers,
Rushden, Northants.
NN10 8ED

Tel: 01933 312748

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