Welcome to science at Wallace Fields Junior School
Wallace Fields Junior School prides itself on its teaching of science. Our aim is to harness the pupils’ natural curiosity in the world around them and provide hands-on, experiential opportunities for them to learn.
We develop children’s knowledge, skills, and understanding of science by:
- Encouraging children to ask, as well as answer, scientific questions
- Engaging pupils in a wide variety of problem-solving activities and using ‘real life’ scenarios
- Teaching well-resourced lessons that incorporate regular practical science investigations
- Analysing a variety of data, such as statistics, graphs, pictures and photographs
- Embedding maths and English opportunities
- Presenting findings in a variety of ways and challenging misconceptions
We believe that a broad and balanced science education is the entitlement of all, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, aptitude or disability. In addition to at least two hours of weekly science lessons in every year group, we provide all pupils with an array of extra-curricular opportunities.
Our school sends a team to the National Year 5 & 6 Inter School quiz championship, where they answer questions on a wide range of areas within the science curriculum and beyond. Last year they reached the finals, which were held at Oxford University, and became NATIONAL science quiz champions 2019!
The Learning Dome visits Year 4 every year to demonstrate the planets in a huge pop-up planetarium; whilst Crew Theatre visit in the autumn term for a ‘Forces’ Workshop.
In 2019, all year groups celebrated the school environment during Outdoor Learning Week. This included a visit from Zoos for You who brought in a range of exotic animals for the pupils to touch and hold.
Year 3 visit Wisley Gardens every year to support and enhance their learning of plants; whilst Year 4 go pond-dipping and bug catching at Nower Wood (focussing on the adaptation of creatures to their habitat).
We are proud of our strong KS3 links with local secondary schools. Year 5 attend a science STEMFEST session at Blenheim High School and this year selected pupils will be attending a CSI Forensic Day at Epsom College on Tuesday 19th May.
Year 6 have the chance to attend an after-school science club on Thursday. Under the inspirational tutorage of enthusiast Mrs Hernandez (MSc; Imperial College), children are invited to consider some of science’s big questions and perform fun science experiments, such as making hovercrafts and finding meteorites! The year group also visit Nausicaá aquarium (the biggest aquarium in Europe!) whilst in France.
The pupils in Year 5 also proudly host an annual Science Fair in the school hall. Children independently research and create a project on an aspect of science that interests them. The results are then showcased to parents, staff and all the children at Wallace Fields Junior School. The children work extremely hard to produce their exhibits and the fair always stuns teachers, parents and children alike. The exhibits are consistently adventurous, informative, fun and at times a little quirky, but all of them show a deep love of science.
The link to the curriculum progression map will be published here shortly.
Science at Wallace Fields Junior School