Here at St Joseph’s we believe that science is an important area of your child’s learning and is a fantastic way of developing not only their scientific knowledge and understanding; but also of their curiosity, fascination and interest in the world around them.

Our science curriculum develops both children’s scientific knowledge and understanding and their investigative and experimenting skills. Science in our school is about developing children’s awareness of the world we live in through investigation, as well as using and applying process skills.

We believe that a broad and balanced science education, where cross curricular links can be made to other subjects, is the entitlement of all children within our school. Our aims in teaching science include the following:

Preparing our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world.
Fostering concern about, and active care for, our environment.
Helping our children acquire a growing understanding of scientific ideas.
Helping develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world.
Developing our children’s understanding of the international and collaborative nature of science
Encouraging open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance and responsibility.
Building on natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problems
Developing the skills of investigation – including observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating.
Developing the use of scientific language, recording and techniques.
Developing the use of ICT in investigating, recording and data handling.
Enabling our children to become effective communicators of scientific ideas, facts and data.
Our role is to teach scientific enquiry through the contexts of the main content areas. In England, science has four attainment targets and a statement of breadth of study.

These are:

Scientific enquiry;
Life and living processes;
Materials and their properties;
Physical processes.
Science topics are linked to the class theme and are matched to the objectives set out in the National Curriculum.

Children in the Foundation Stage are taught the science elements of the EYFS Early Learning Goals through the specific area of learning: Understanding the World.
Children in Key Stages 1 and 2 are taught the key objectives as outlined in the National Curriculum for England:

We aim to provide for all children so that they achieve as highly as they can in science according to their individual abilities. Gifted children will be identified and suitable learning challenges provided.

The National Curriculum for science is our starting point for planning a science curriculum that meets the specific needs of individuals and groups of children. We meet these needs through:
setting suitable learning challenges;
responding to children’s diverse learning needs;
overcoming potential barriers to learning and assessment for individuals and groups of pupils;
providing other curricular opportunities outside the National Curriculum to meet the needs of individuals or groups of children.