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Science is all around us! At John Betts we believe that scientific investigation is one of the most powerful ways to learn; developing curiosity and perseverance as well as challenging what we know about the world. We aim to make science as practical as possible, linking it to real life contexts and giving a meaning to the work we do in class. John Betts Science lessons are open ended and practical in nature, allowing children to use a wide range of resources to lead the learning and make discoveries all by them themselves. These lessons aren’t just limited to the classroom... teachers at John Betts make use of the incredible outdoor spaces in our local area including Ravenscourt Park, the river and our own garden, in order to maximise the children's learning experiences. This allows children to develop the key skills of investigation, problem solving and team work; empowering our pupils to question the world around them and become scientific thinkers.

Working Scientifically Shield

Over the past few years we have used bespoke assessment shields to help children learn. Children understand what skills are required for each subject area, they identify what skills they will be using in each individual lesson and, in addition, they learn to revisit their learning by using the shields as guide. We thought it would be a great idea if you joined in and had access to them so that you can understand them a little better. Please chat to your children about the shields and see if they can remember when they have used them during the week or in previous learning. Also have a chat about what jobs might need that particular subject area.