At St John Fisher school, we recognise the importance of Science in everyday life. As one of the core subjects taught in Primary schools, we give the teaching and learning of Science the importance it requires. The Scientific area of learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with Science, encouraging inquiry based learners.
The experience of pupils using Scientific methods of investigation should develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities to developing children’s questioning. The National Curriculum will provide a structure and skill development for the science curriculum taught throughout the school, which is linked into our knowledge based curriculum learning. We endeavour to ensure that the Science curriculum we provide, will give children the confidence and motivation to continue to further develop their skills into the next stage of education and adulthood.
Children will develop scientific understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They will develop an 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. Through this, they will be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future. Through effective teaching and learning, children will develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery.
Where possible, every year groups unit of work is linked to the Curriculum topic that they are exploring that half term/term in order to embed knowledge and reinforce learning. This is based on a two year cycle. The topic will include a Quiz at the beginning and end of the topic to assess and adapt teaching to suit the prior learning and current learning of each year group. Working scientifically is taught throughout each unit of work with ample opportunities for children to use their reading skills in research and their mathematical skills when measuring, recording and analysing data. Lessons are a mixture of practical and written work and teachers use a range of teaching and learning styles, including activities such as investigations, questioning, practical opportunities and outdoor learning. Such experiences include trips to local Museums, The National Space Centre, local parks and woodland areas or memorable experiences within the classroom learning environment.
Click below to see our Intent, Implementation and Impact Review, Long Term Plan for Science and Science Policy.