Curriculum & Assessment
By the time children leave Stillness, they will have developed their knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts. In Y3 and Y4 pupils will broaden their scientific view of the world around them through exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas about everyday phenomena and the relationships between living things and familiar environments, and by beginning to develop their ideas about functions, relationships and interactions.
Children should be able to ask their own questions about what they observe and make some decisions about which types of scientific enquiry are likely to be the best ways of answering them, including observing changes over time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative and fair tests and finding things out using secondary sources of information. In Y5 and Y6, the children will learn about more abstract ideas in science and begin to recognise how these ideas help them to understand and predict how the world operates.
The science curriculum is woven into many different cross-curricular activities at Stillness Junior School. During science week, children partake in activities based on a theme that has links to literacy, geography, STEM and art. Throughout the week children work in mixed year groups and at the end, there is a final event to celebrate their achievements.
Relationships Education is taught as part of the science curriculum in all year groups (Y3 -Y6) during the summer term. Our approach is to provide a framework of understanding that helps the children interpret what is happening and what will happen to them physically and emotionally as they approach adolescence with an understanding of how to be and stay healthy. It will be taught sensitively and inclusively, with respect to the backgrounds and beliefs of pupils and parents with the underpinning aim of providing pupils with the knowledge they need of the law and how it effects them. In addition, these lessons will form key building blocks for healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. Positive emotional wellbeing, including how friendships can support mental wellbeing will also be an integral part of the lessons. This will give them the knowledge and capability to take care of themselves and receive support if problems arise.
Parents are invited to view videos used in our teaching before the children see them. Class teachers are always willing to answer questions or discuss matters fully with parents.
We always try to involve our school nurse in our teaching of Relationships Education to ensure a constantly updated view.