Our Science Vision (Intent)
At St Joseph’s, we provide a curriculum which encourages our children 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 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.
At St Joseph's we aim :
To promote and develop children’s enjoyment and enthusiasm for science through exciting, practical, first-hand learning and opportunities to experiment, explore and investigate.
To ensure that the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum (2014) for science are all covered and taught effectively.
To help pupils to become scientists by developing their problem solving and reasoning skills so that they can apply their scientific thinking across the curriculum.
To ensure that from the EYFS onwards, pupils are confident in their understanding and application of their basic skills in science and that they build upon their prior learning at every stage.
To encourage children to use their increasing knowledge, skills and understanding of science to investigate, ask questions and solve challenging problems.
Our Science Practice (Implementation)
At St Joseph’s, teachers create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards in science. Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves the following;
Science is taught in planned and arranged units by the class teacher, following the Deepening Understanding scheme of work which covers all of the National Curriculum Science objectives. Our science units are sequenced to allow for children to build on their previous learning, utilise the natural environment and sometimes to allow for a thematic approach to deepen the children's understanding and to make contextual links.
Key vocabulary is introduced at the beginning of each unit through an age-appropriate activity, as well as being displayed on the unit’s knowledge organiser and on the half term’s homework grid. This approach means that children are able to understand the new vocabulary when it is used in teaching and learning activities and apply it themselves when they begin their work
Each lesson begins with a recap of previous related knowledge using the ‘Remember the Science’ slides. This helps children to retrieve what they have learnt previously, and ensures that new knowledge is taught in the context of previous learning to promote a shift in long term memory.
The ‘Wonder Wall’ is used throughout each unit of work to allow for children to practise their deeper thinking skills, as well as to engage children in thoughtful discussions about their learning. This also gives the teacher an opportunity to address any misconceptions and to assess the children’s prior and wider knowledge of each unit.
Each science unit has an associated scientist closely linked to the scientific context that the pupils are learning about. Through studying the works of a wide range of scientists, pupils are able to develop an accurate and genuine understanding of science and are inspired to become scientists of our future.
We build upon the knowledge and skill development of the previous years. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, they become more confident in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results.
Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment, and the various Working Scientifically skills in order to embed scientific understanding. Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding by taking children outside of the classroom, arranging educational workshops, planning class trips and extra-curricular activities.
Events, such as Whole School Science Day, allow all pupils to come off-timetable, to provide broader provision and the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills. These events often involve families and the wider community.
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, 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 and listening to pupils’ discussions. Effective teaching will ensure that our children 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.
Primary Science Quality Mark (2021 - 2024)
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.
Whole School Science Day - June 2023
Our Science Day this year focussed on making our world a better place.
We looked at The Sustainable Development Goals which have been created by the United Nations.
These goals are a set of targets relating to future international development. We wanted to play our part in supporting peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.
Each Key Stage was given one of the sustainability goals to focus on. We all enjoyed learning more about different areas of science, and taking part in research and experiments to deepen our understanding.
Mad Science After School Club - October 2022- February 2023
37 pupils enjoyed extending and enhancing their science learning through taking part in Mad Science after school!
The club was so successful, that we were able to invite Explosive Erica back to school to run a second group. The children had lots of fun and learned many new fascinating science facts!
Mad Science Assembly - September 2022
We all enjoyed watching Scientific Sarah demonstrate exciting science investigations in today's assembly! We look forward to hosting a Mad Science after school club on Thursdays in Autumn and Spring! If your child would like to take part, please contact Miss Guy or enquire at the school office.
Year 6 Heart Dissection
A big thank you to Mrs Vincent from St Gabriel's for coming in to do a heart dissection with us.
British 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!
Useful Links for Science:
Create your own home or school experiments with Science Bob!
BBC Science Links for 4-11yr olds
Fun Interactive Science Games and Investigations
Science Games and Activities for Kids
Science Museum –Interactive Games and Information