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Science Learning Pathway at St John's

Wonder, question, reflect, predict, explore, analyse, discover

 

At St John’s, we inspire a passion for Science by giving pupils opportunities to pursue their natural curiosity. They are encouraged to immerse themselves in a range of engaging learning experiences. By asking questions, and seeking answers through scientific enquiry, they deepen their understanding of the world around them. Our pupils are encouraged to develop their independence; building on their learning experiences from earlier years by making links, taking risks, experimenting, reflecting and learning from their mistakes so that the potential in every pupil is nurtured. We strive to ensure that every pupil is excited by scientific ideas and wants to learn, to explain and analyse phenomena, make predictions and solve problems. In so doing, they develop confidence in the application of core skills that they will need in a world that is increasingly shaped by science and technology.  

 

At St. John’s we use a range of strategies to introduce, explore, and fully understand scientific learning. When required, this will be adapted to best suit each class and each individual learner so that they are able to make their personal best progress with their learning. The key skills and enquiry types are taught in each unit and show progression across the year groups.

 

Each year group’s learning objectives or “Big Questions” will come from the national curriculum and these have been aligned to fit with the associated umbrella topics, within an appropriate time of year and within the children’s developmental stages so that they are best able to access the learning. All science learning will be taught in a block to enable the children to focus on one subject at a time and to make links within their subject learning. During Key Stage 1, the subject blocks will be taught each year with a change for children to build on their knowledge and understanding from the previous year. Across Key stage 2, topics are mostly taught on a regular rotation with different subject knowledge covered by different year groups but still building on prior learning. As well as this, there are stand-alone units that allow children to explore a range of topics across the three science disciplines.

Each science lesson is to be planned with one overarching big question for all children to explore and learning then differentiated to reflect this. Learning is planned and taught in blocks with a clear progression of learning across lessons and between year groups as detailed in the learning pathway for science.

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