St. John's

Church of England Primary School

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Science Learning Pathway at St John's

Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. All pupils should be taught essential aspects of ‘Big Ideas’ in Science which include knowledge and understanding. They should also be taught methods of working scientifically and the uses of Science. Pupils should be inspired to ask questions and decide upon the most suitable method to answer these, enabling them to then learn about themes within the categories of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.


Through providing strong Scientific foundations and building upon these yearly, pupils will make the individual achievements and attainment required whilst developing a sense of excitement and curiosity through practical application. They should be encouraged to understand how key knowledge and concepts can be used to explain why things might happen, predict how things behave and analyse causes. Pupils will also be able to realise the wider reach of Science within the local community, wider society and the world as whole.


Aims at St John’s Primary School:

  • To develop curiosity, enjoyment, interest and excitement in Science.

  • To develop pupils understanding of key scientific concepts, knowledge and skills.

  • To ensure pupils make links with their previous and existing learning.

  • To ensure pupils understand the relevance of what they are learning.

  • To promote suitable and useful planning linked to assessment thus allowing for coverage of the National curriculum and to enable each pupil to reach at least expected levels.

  • To promote rigorous assessment to show progression of pupils over time.

  • To expose pupils to a range of learning opportunities and methods of recording.

  • To build pupils’ use of scientific vocabulary which they can use with precision as they become skilled.

  • To encourage application of skills across subject areas.