We want to create children who are eager to learn through investigation and experimentation, who ask questions and are stimulated to want to find out the answers-we want our St. John's children to aspire to be Scientists of the future with the fundamental belief, respect and responsibility for Gods wonderful world. Our children will be given opportunities to experience the natural and humanly constructed world around them. Staff will encourage children to be curious and ask questions about what they see whilst developing their understanding of scientific ideas. Children, through scientific enquiry, will be able to answer their own questions, including observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests, and finding things out using secondary sources of information developing their understanding of working scientifically.
We follow the programmes of study identified in the National Curriculum for Science. The Working Scientifically strand of the national curriculum is not taught separately; it is integrated throughout the whole science curriculum. The Science objectives for each key stage are carefully mapped out across a two year planning cycle for each class. (Year 1 and 6 are a one year cycle) Each half term an overarching Science question, linked to the class topic, is presented to every class and they will focus on answering the questions in their Science lessons each week. Every science lesson should be planned to develop one or more of these skills. Across school Science is taught as a discreet subject for at least 1.5 hours each week by the class teacher. In EYFS additional Science Investigations are planned as part of Continuous Provision including a ‘curiosity cube’ which encourages children to be inquisitive, look, think, ask and answer question and give their thoughts and ideas.
Have a look at the Science Knowledge Web below to see the questions posed to our children each half term and the Science objectives they cover through their investigations!