Science at Saint Joseph's School
At St Joseph’s, we are committed to developing wonderful young people, driven by the virtues that we teach and live by. With Christ at the centre of all we do, we will offer a school that allows children to succeed, develop friendships and come to know God and themselves. We believe that school should be a safe, exciting place - the best days of your life!
"Believing in God, ourselves and others"
- Through our Science curriculum at St. Joseph’s School, we want all children to be aware of and have a good understanding of the world around them and the importance of Science and its uses in their everyday lives. We aim to nurture the naturally enquiring minds and curiosity that children have and foster their scientific potential.
- The Science curriculum will ensure that lessons in each year group will deliver the key knowledge, concepts and skills, whilst enabling children to become enquiry based learners. Pupils will be encouraged to use scientific thinking and vocabulary to make predictions and explain what is taking place and then analyse their results to gain an understanding of the scientific processes that occur all around them. In all these lessons, as in other subjects, working independently, creatively and collaboratively will be important as they are a necessity for any scientist of the present or future.
- Ultimately, we intend that the skills, knowledge and scientific thinking that they learn through our Science curriculum will help our children to develop healthy habits, a love and awe of the natural world that God created and a sense of appreciation of the gifts that the Earth provides. This will help them to be considerate consumers and guardians who respect and look after the planet, for themselves and the next generation.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in science, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Science is taught as part of a termly or half-termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum.
Progression is seen in the way children’s understanding of key topics gradually expands throughout the school - Our children should leave our school equipped with science skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.
The Catholic Schools Partnership have developed an approach to Primary Science which embeds the National Curriculum for science whilst fostering scope for curriculum links. It offers support on delivering a quality science curriculum.
Science is best when we:
- Nurture enthusiasm for learning
- Have fun and engaging scientific opportunities both in and out of school
- Give children time to play and explore
- Make our learning purposeful and real
- Learn through practical hands-on and mind-on activities
- Seize every opportunity to develop scientific skills, knowledge and a sense of awe and wonder
- Exude our enthusiasm and passion for STEM
- Find and share STEM opportunities in the local area and with our school community
- Develop our scientific skills
- Learn through five types of enquiry - observing over time, identifying and classifying, pattern seeking, research, comparative and fair testing
- Ask and answer questions
- Make links with other subjects e.g. reading, writing, art and maths
- Record and share our learning in a variety of ways, to a range of audiences
At St. Joseph’s we implement and embed our approach in all that we do. Through planning we demonstrate a coherent sequence of learning and coverage of the National Curriculum and working scientifically skills needed for our learners to develop to their full potential.
Our links with the Catholic Schools Partnership (CSP) and an independent science consultant also provides us with a wealth of curriculum linked ideas whilst maintaining the integrity of key science skills to be acquired and consolidated throughout the key stages.
Long Term Overview
The successful approach to the teaching of science at St Joseph's School will result in a fun, engaging, high quality science education. This provides the children with the foundations for understanding the world which they can take with them once they complete their primary education.
Children at St Joseph's will:
- demonstrate a love of science work and an interest in further study and work in this field.
- retain knowledge that is pertinent to Science within a real life context
- be able to question ideas and reflect on knowledge
- be able to articulate their understanding of scientific concepts and be able to reason scientifically using rich language linked to science
- work collaboratively and practically to investigate and experiment
- most children will achieve age related expectations in Science at the end of their cohort year
Example of skills coverage record
Gallery of our Learning