At St John’s, we follow a topic-based curriculum where biology, chemistry and physics are taught through high-quality lessons, thereby enabling children to build a secure foundation and understanding of the world. Children are taught through engaging lessons which excite and encourage their natural curiosity in our changing world. Scientific knowledge and key concepts empower our children to ask and answer questions about the world around them. They develop skills to explain, predict and analyse to understand the uses and implications of science for their future as well as today.
The teaching of Science across St John’s follows the National Curriculum through:
- comprehensive and thorough bespoke planners of topics designed specifically for our school community.
- breadth of learning from EYFS to KS2, where knowledge and skills are developed progressively and abstract ideas/vocabulary (e.g. materials, vertebrates and invertebrates, carbohydrates, magnetic) are revisited and built upon with each year group
- cross curricular links where children are encouraged to apply other learning e.g. DT, maths, geography, art, music. Our topics are cross curricular to ensure excellent links for children.
- teaching 2 school values within each science topic. This links learning in science (and other subjects) to the wider school focus on British values, communicated namely through collective worships.
- delivery that allows children to be excited and curious, to predict, enquire, analyse and explain scientific concepts.
- collaborative learning, where children work together towards goals, exploring different roles within a team.
- explicit teaching of vocabulary for each topic.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice) and asking key assessment questions to a range of children.
- monitoring teacher planning.
- celebrating images and videos of the children’s practical learning.
- measuring assessment standards against written evidence in learning journals.