It is our vision to instil a lifelong love of Science within our pupils. Science is essential to our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Science changes people’s lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Here at St. Joseph’s we provide a high-quality Science education that provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. All pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of Science.
At St. Joseph’s we have a rich and varied curriculum in Science and this is taught through investigations, experiments, research, computing work, sorting, explaining, discussion work and outdoor learning which will help children build on their Science knowledge from previous year groups. Please see our Long-Term overview and Progression of skills documents to find out more about the journey our children take in Science throughout their time at St. Joseph’s. From EYFS up to KS2 our pupils will build up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. Teachers plan and challenge pupils through learning based on the National Curriculum, and adapted to be unique to our school and our needs.
Our aims in teaching Science are that all children will:
- retain and develop their natural sense of curiosity about the world around them
- develop a set of attitudes which will promote scientific ways of thinking, including perseverance, objectivity and a recognition of the importance of teamwork
- come to understand the nature of “scientific method” involving: careful observation, the making and testing of predictions, the design of fair and controlled experiments, the drawing of meaningful conclusions through critical reasoning and the evaluation of evidence
- become effective communicators of scientific ideas, facts and data
- begin to build up a body of scientific knowledge and understanding which will serve as a foundation for future enquiry.
- find Science enjoyable and engaging