Science Curriculum

'The works of the Lord are magnificent; they are treasured by all who desire them'

                                                                                                       Psalm 111:2

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Our Science Vision (Intent)

At St Joseph’s, we aim to provide a curriculum which encourages our children to follow their own interests and which enthuses and inspires them to be inquisitive learners with skills that enable them to move into the world with a passion for life-long learning.

Our Science provision at St Joseph’s encourages curiosity, engagement, perseverance, open-mindedness and co-operation. We aim to inspire our pupils to develop an interest in science, through first-hand experiences and practical work. The values of resilience, learning through mistakes and self-led investigation are encouraged and celebrated.

Our Science Practice (Implementation)

At St Joseph’s, we believe that science is affective when:

  1. Pupils are provided with opportunities to take their learning outside the classroom, and learning in science carries on beyond the classroom and after the school day ends.

  2. Pupils use scientific vocabulary to explain their thinking.

  3. Teachers have access to a range of quality resources to enhance science teaching and provision.

  4. There are opportunities for children to ask deep, meaningful questions about what they wonder and they are given opportunities to investigate their own ideas.

  5. There are opportunities for collaborative learning, where pupils are supported to share their ideas and participate in quality conversations.

  6. There is a high level of engagement, with both pupils and staff experiencing excitement and Science is perceived as ‘fun’.

  7. Pupils are challenged appropriately at the correct level to ensure progression throughout the school.

Our Science Outcomes (Impact)

The Science leader will support the teaching and learning of Science by; providing strategic leadership and direction, monitoring progress and standards across the school, reviewing and revising the Science policy, monitoring and supporting teachers in the teaching of Science, keeping staff up to date on new developments in Science, monitoring the effectiveness of the planning and development of Science, auditing, monitoring the effective and appropriate use of resources and obtaining new resources.

Teachers will assess children’s work in Science through formative judgements by; asking questions, observing learners during lessons, observing pupils solving practical problems, listening to pupils’ discussions and by using the KWL grids which are completed at the beginning and end of each topic. Effective teaching will ensure that they can solve problems by applying their knowledge, understanding and skills in Science with increasing sophistication. HeadStart assessments will be used at the end of each topic to assess children’s knowledge and understanding. Children have regular opportunities to revisit and consolidate prior skills and knowledge to help them become confident scientists. 

St Joseph's Science Ambassadors

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Say, "Hello!" to our Year 6 Science Ambassadors.

Every term, we will plan and organise a spectacular science investigation challenge for you to complete in your class. 

Each investigation will focus on a different type of scientific enquiry. 

We hope you have lots of fun completing these tasks - we have lots of fun planning them and filming the tutorials for you!

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Primary Science Quality Mark 

St Joseph’s is very excited to announce that we have been awarded the PSQM (Primary Science Quality Mark). 

Miss Guy has lead the school in further strengthening the profile of science and the quality of teaching and learning throughout the school. Subject monitoring will continue this year and we will be enjoying activities across school to ensure that our pupils are enthused, inspired and challenged by their science learning.

Science Week March 2022

We launched British Science Week with a whole school assembly led by our Science Ambassadors. We introduced the selfie and poster competitions.

Each class completed a number of activities throughout the week and all Key Stage Two classes took part in a carousel. 

A STEM leader visitor visited our school and talked to classes about engineering. 

We had lots of fun! 

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Useful Links for Science:

Create your own home or school experiments with Science Bob!
http://www.sciencebob.com/experiments/

 

BBC Science Links for 4-11yr olds
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11/site/science.shtml

 

Fun Interactive Science Games and Investigations
http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/gamesactivities.html

 

Science Games and Activities for Kids 

https://wowscience.co.uk/  

 

Science Museum –Interactive Games and Information
http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/online_science/games.aspx