At St. John Fisher, we believe that a high-quality ambitious science curriculum designed around the needs of our children will provide essential skills and vocabulary that will be transferable to the rest of the children’s school life and their understanding of the world.
We believe that there are many aspects of science that should be taught throughout the school, including the essential knowledge, methods, processes, vocabulary and uses of science in our day-to-day lives.
Through our question-based curriculum we will use the National Curriculum objectives, which are outlined within our progression document, to set the core knowledge for all year groups. This ensures that our curriculum is progressive from Early Years Foundation Stage to Year 6 providing children with transferable skills for their future learning.
. In conjunction with this, we will provide children with opportunities to:
- Develop their scientific knowledge and specific skills within Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
- Ensure a working understanding of the principles and topics within Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
- Provide high academic ambition for all children including SEND, pupil premium children, EAL and those with an EHCP using scaffolds to ensure that we do not narrow or reduce the curriculum any pupil.
- Develop a ‘love of science’ through scientific enquiry, scientific questioning and an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through exciting, engaging lessons.
- Ensure that children are equipped with the scientific knowledge that supports their ability to understand the uses and importance of science within the wider world today and in the future.
- Ensure that children are introduced to a range of methods and means of communicating scientific information, including diagrams, graphs, charts, pictures and descriptions, gradually increasing the complexity of these as they move through the school.
- Apply reading and comprehension to understand scientific vocabulary within enquiry and investigation.
- Develop enthusiasm and enjoyment of science through a variety of learning opportunities including child led investigation and discovery.
- Ensure that children see science in the real world through visitors and visits equipping them with scientific cultural capital.
Children are taught science for an hour and a half each week.