Science at St John with St Michael CE Primary School aims to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
This process begins in our Nursery class where children are encouraged to make sense of their physical world and their community through a wide variety of experiences delivered in a fun and engaging way, inside and outside if the classroom. As the children move through they develop their knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. All children are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.
The curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced enabling all children to develop their knowledge and skills whilst revisiting key learning from prior years. Children complete 'knowledge checks' at the beginning of the lesson to supporting children in ‘knowing more, and remembering more.’ Throughout the science curriculum there are opportunties to embed this knowledge through retrieval practices, partner work and scientific enquiries.
In our science lessons, children carry out various scientific enquiries to enable children to put their learning into context. Children can have the freedom to carry out their own scientific enquires with support of their peers and classroom teachers. This allows children to be able to take ownership over their own learning and make it more meaningful to them. There are 5 types of enquiry that the children experience over the course of an academic year which are: Research using secondary resources, Pattern seeking, Observing overtime, Comparative and Fair testing and Identifying, classifying and grouping.