At St John’s, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. A high quality Science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific scientific disciplines. Science has changed our lives and it is vital that all pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.
Our Science teaching at St John’s offers opportunities for our children to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics and to develop an understanding of nature, processes and the methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them. We aim for our children to be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses of and implications of Science, today and for the future. Our children should develop the essential scientific enquiry skills to deepen their scientific knowledge, using a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner. They should develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle with regard to their own, and other children’s safety.
Making a difference is an important element to our Science learning. We expose our children to interesting, diverse and relevant topics to which they can relate. At St John’s, we encourage children to be inquisitive throughout their time at the school and beyond. The Science curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity in children about our universe and promotes respect for the living and non-living. We ensure that children build on and develop their working scientifically skills so that they can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently, continuing to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings.
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Our Science curriculum provides opportunities for developing oracy through activities such as ‘The Art of Wondering’. Such activities are open-ended and accessible by all learners encouraging discussion, sharing of views and asking of questions further promoting curiosity of the world around them. Visits to local venues such as The Solenis Science Lab for Kids, The National Science and Media Museum and Eureka! allow different connections to be made and see how Science can be relevant to them.
Science is built around a sense of wonder and we believe there is a perfect opportunity to develop a spirituality where children can identify their position in the world, considering the part they play and where everything came from.