Science at St John's
Science is the study of the world around us. Scientists learn about their subject by observing, describing, and experimenting. Our science curriculum enables our learners to become scientists!
Our Intent for Science
Inspired by God’s love for us, we illuminate the goodness in others, we care for and protect His children and reach out to help others flourish in their journey to the fullness of life. The study of science at St John’s helps our pupils understand how the world in which we live shapes our lives, and how we in turn shape the world around us. At St John’s we aim for a high quality science curriculum which should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about how things work: living things, man-made inventions and discoveries, and the way natural laws affect our world. Our teaching will equip pupils with the foundations of biology, chemistry and physics which are detailed in the national curriculum. We want children to enjoy and love learning about science by gaining this knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with educational visits and whole school science days.
We hope that in teaching in this way, our pupils increasingly develop the ability to ask and answer questions about how things work: from our human bodies to electricity to the growth of plants. An increasing scientific knowledge will enable children to understand the world in which they live and so reach out to care and protect it. Lessons involve many practical activities and all children are encouraged to show their understanding in a variety of ways from drawings, photographs, discussion, modelling, sorting and writing.
How we Implement our Science Curriculum
Science is taught as discrete units and lessons where needed to ensure coverage. As we are a one-form primary, Science units are taught on a year rolling programme. This ensures progression between year groups and guarantees topics are enriched with stimulating and challenging experiences to help our learners secure and extend their scientific knowledge and vocabulary. We believe that these opportunities will ensure that our children are confident, life-long learners who will explore the world around them. At St Luke’s our science curriculum aims to:
- Help our children acquire a growing understanding of the nature, processes and
methods of scientific ideas.
- Build on our children’s natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to
- Encourage open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance and developing the
skills of investigating– including: observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising,
experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating.
- Develop the use of scientific language, recording and techniques.
Our Science Curriculum Overview
Click here for our Science Curriculum Overview
Skills Progression in Science
Click here for our Skills Progression in Science
Our Planned Impact
Throughout their time at St John's, our children will preserve and develop their natural sense of curiosity about the world around them. Our curriculum ensures that all learners will be equipped with:
- A wider variety of skills linked to scientific knowledge and
understanding, and scientific enquiry/investigative skills.
A richer vocabulary which will enable to articulate their
understanding of taught concepts.
High aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life.
Science Knowledge Organisers
Our Knowledge Organisers for each subject can be found on the class pages on this website. Click here to access.