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Science

Welcome to the Science Department.

Aims

Our aim is to foster an enjoyment of science in the children and to provide firm foundations onto which they can build as they move through the school. 

We believe that the study of Science enables us to make sense of everyday occurrences. We believe it is necessary for Science to be relevant to the child’s experiences and that Science should primarily be approached from a practical standpoint, instilling in them a sense of awe and wonder. 

Knowledge and techniques acquired will be within the structure of the problem-solving approach, with an emphasis on practical activities, whenever possible. It is acknowledged that areas cannot be investigated in isolation and that it is essential to provide a sound basic comprehension. 
We provide pupils with the confidence and independence to use their scientific knowledge and skills to solve problems in a wide variety of contexts, allowing the children the opportunity to develop investigational skills.

We aim to deliver activities which meet the requirements of the National Curriculum in a way that is appropriate to the needs and interests of all pupils, and which maximises the use of the wonderful facilities and expertise we have at our disposal here at Leicester Grammar Junior School. We hope that all pupils will be challenged to fulfill their potential in this way.

Organisation

In Years 1, 2 and 3, individual class teachers are responsible for the teaching of Science to their own form. For Years 1 and 2 science forms part of their Cornerstones topics, with Year 3 studying Science as part of their STEM rotation. Children are encouraged to develop their own ideas and to relate topics to their everyday lives. Practical investigations are a major component of the work and are frequently used as the starting point of a topic. In addition to science lessons, pupils have the opportunity to attend an after school science club, delivered in the Junior Schools own fully equipped science laboratory, located in the Senior School, by a specialist science teacher. 

Children in Years  4, 5 and 6 have all of their science lessons delivered by a specialist science teacher, and all Years are taught in the Junior School's own fully equipped science laboratory, located in the Senior School. Lessons for Years 4 and 6 are organised into two 60-minute sessions per week per class, with Year 5 having 60 minutes of Science per week plus an hour of specialist STEM  teaching on a 6-week rotation. Pupils develop the skills as outlines in our aims and by the end of Year 6 are fully prepared for the transition to the Senior School.

Topics

Year 1

  • Senses
  • Animals
  • Planets
  • Circuits
  • Dinosaurs
  • Plants

Year 2

  • Habitats
  • Materials
  • Sound
  • Forces
  • States of Matter

Year 3

  • Food Groups
  • Healthy Eating
  • Teeth
  • Light and Shadows
  • Skeletons and movement
  • Rocks and Soils

Year 4

  • States of Matter
  • Space
  • Electricity
  • Habitats
  • Sound

Year 5

  • Acids and alkalis
  • Plant and animal lifecycles
  • Forces
  • Classification and keys
  • Human Environmental Impact

Year 6

  • Safety in the Laboratory
  • Chemical and Physical Changes
  • Forensic Science
  • Light and the eye
  • Circulation and the heart
  • Inheritance and Evolution, including simple genetics