What's going on in science at St John's...
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National Curriculum Programmes of Study
The National Curriculum 2014 states:
'A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.'
Click on the links at the bottom of the page to read the full National Curriculum Programmes of Study and find out how we organise science at St John's.
At St John's we believe that pupils should regularly engage in scientific enquiry, including practical work, and should have many opportunities to develop practical science skills. We provide a balanced programme of science education for all year groups that develops science knowledge and understanding and has a significant focus on developing skills. Our science units are taught in blocks and are linked to our thematic topics. Science is recorded in beautiful and creative cohort books - we would love you to come in a browse through these learning journeys.
In science we aim to give our pupils the opportunity to:
- Engage with exciting scientific phenomena as real scientists.
- Ask questions, generate hypotheses and test these ideas using experiments.
- Appreciate the role of evidence – its quality and reliability - in enabling scientists to successfully support and challenge hypotheses, through enquiries.
- Plan empirical ways to collect, analyse and interpret evidence.
- Use evidence to support and challenge conclusions.
- Engage in their own scientific inquiries drawing on the development of skills above.
There are three important types of knowledge linked with learners’ scientific understanding:
- Content knowledge (concepts and ideas of science).
- Procedural knowledge (procedures and strategies of inquiry).
- Epistemic knowledge (evaluating and validating scientific evidence; deciding how to investigate questions).
Our Hopes & Dreams for Science in 2018/19
Next year we plan to make excellent provision for effective staff training and development in science to support and extend teachers’ knowledge, understanding and skills in science and their confidence in teaching it. We will invest in developing the role of the science coordinator to provide effective, sustained leadership. We also hope to get funding to create a 'science garden' in our second quad area, allowing the children to make first hand observations of nature and carry out fair scientific enquiries. Watch this space to find out how we get on with our exciting plans.