Dronfield Junior School

Dronfield Junior School
Reaching Potential


"What we know is a drop. What we don't know is an ocean."

Isaac Newton

Our Science Lead is Miss M Spencer

Science Intent

We give all our pupils the opportunity to discover a curiosity and interest in science by:

  • Providing the opportunity, through practical and open ended scientific enquiries, for all our children to practise the skills required to be a scientist and work scientifically;
  • Allowing our pupils to become knowledgeable in key scientific concept, ideas and widen their use of scientific vocabulary through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics;
  • Developing confidence in science revealed as an ability to contribute and discuss their thoughts, test their own ideas and record their knowledge of scientific concepts and language in a clear and systematic way;
  • Enabling our pupils to understand more about the history of science and the impact of scientists and their scientific discoveries on our world today and in the future.

Science Implementation

Science is taught on a weekly basis, for approximately two hours. We follow clearly sequenced and progressive schemes of work created by our staff that are based on the National Curriculum objectives and support our school’s cross curricular approach.

Our high quality teaching is appropriately pitched and differentiated in order to respond to our children’s diverse learning needs and overcoming potential barriers to learning, thus providing the opportunity for every pupil to achieve at
his/her level.

Specific knowledge based concepts and ways of working scientifically (including exploring, observation over time, pattern seeking, identifying and classifying, fair test, research, technology and models) are taught in each lesson.

Lessons have a specific structure: an introductory activity that is linked to the main concept to be taught; a practical enquiry task will be set, where children work collaboratively to think, discuss, investigate, discover and then present their
ideas in written format often with diagrams or tables when data has been gathered and finally lessons conclude with a Big Book task (e.g. photos / summary) that demonstrates the children’s understanding / thoughts of the scientific concept taught.

Our pupils often work in small groups, these can be ability, or mixed ability, organised depending upon the nature of the task.

We use concept maps to assess our pupils' initial understanding of scientific concepts to allow us to help form these groups. Throughout the topic, maps are revisited to amend existing ideas and make new links to show how our children’s knowledge is growing.

After most lessons, children’s work is marked according to the learning objective; sometimes constructive comments or questions are given for children to answer to allow them to develop their line of though or to clarify their understanding.

House points are given to praise children’s for their work and to act as a motivator for future tasks. Spelling corrections for scientific terms are expected to be completed.

On a weekly or fortnightly basis, the children will complete a short, written assessment to gauge their understanding and interpretation of the topics studied. The pupils answer bronze, silver and gold assessment questions linked to the
previous week’s knowledge based concept . Teachers will then use these written tests (which are at the front of a pupil's book) together with the formative assessment of working scientifically skills to help inform the planning
and content of future lessons and in preparing annual reports to parents.


Our Science in Action

Science Impact

Pupils enjoy science lessons, they are eager to work with their peers and share their thoughts  and ideas with others. Our pupils can talk, with increasing confidence, about science lessons they have engaged with, concepts taught and
use correct terminology.

Our pupils are increasing applying the skills needed to be scientists. They are able to apply their scientific knowledge to other areas of the curriculum e.g. history, geography and PSHE / RSE.

Most of our pupils reach age-related expectations by the end of the academic year; we use itrack to record individual progress by highlighting levels achieved for scientific themes, ways of working scientifically and an end of the year overall
level for the subject.

Our pupils recognise the importance and impact of science in their everyday lives.

Science progression map

These are some of the websites we use to support our planning and teaching of science:

Oak National Academy: Science lessons for Key Stage 2 students - Oak National Academy (thenational.academy)

BBC Bitesize Science: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z2pfb9q
STEM: https://www.stem.org.uk/primary/resources/collections/science 
WOW ( Games, Activities, Videos): https://wowscience.co.uk/