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At St John’s School, we believe that science education provides the foundations for understanding the world, through biology, chemistry and physics.


We aim to teach pupils the essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up key foundational knowledge and concepts, we aim for pupils to be able to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. We aim to encourage pupils to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.


Our aims are simple:


1. To develop pupils’ enjoyment and interest in science through practical exploration.


2. To develop pupils’ understanding of key scientific concepts and scientific skills.


3. To enable them to work scientifically and use a variety of approaches to answer relevant questions.


4. To allow opportunities for observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources.


5. To build pupils’ specialist vocabulary, which they can use with precision as they progress.


6. To ensure that children learn through a range of engaging activities; including a variety of practical approaches.


7. To encourage pupils to explore the outdoor area and learn about what is around them.


The main aspects of science to be studied are determined by the National Curriculum for Science. Each year group will cover units of work as shown in our Science Long Term Plan. Each of these units will be supported by the New Kent Scheme of Work for Science as well as ideas and activities from a range of other sources. Science may be taught as discrete weekly lessons or cross curricular where appropriate and at times may be blocked together to form focussed science days.

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