Science at St Anne’s and St Joseph’s RC Primary School.
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
Children in the foundation stage are taught the science elements as indicated in the Early Years curriculum through: Health and selfcare, Understanding the world, Physical development and Exploring and using media and materials.
The principal focus of science teaching in key stage 1 is to enable pupils to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world around them.
The principal focus of science teaching in lower key stage 2 is to enable pupils to broaden their scientific view of the world around them and the principal focus of science teaching in upper key stage 2 is to enable pupils to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas.
Children at SASJ learn through a thematic curriculum, with the teaching and learning of science being based on investigation, observation and application. The theme is changed each half term to ensure children are exposed to many different scientific topics throughout their time at school.
Our school has excellent links with Mount Carmel High School and the Science department there are always keen to support our teaching and learning of Science with the fabulous facilities they have available. Most recently they helped us to resource our ‘British science week’ activities and supported a whole host of experiments lead by Mr Warwick which certainly brought science alive in school!
Many school trips take place during the school year and our UKS2 pupils were fortunate to visit Eureka, bringing back lots of memories and shared learning experiences from their trip.