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Science Curriculum

At St John the Evangelist School we present science as an exciting way of investigating and exploring the world around us. Children put on their lab coats and goggles to transform into real scientists! Science is taught using a cross curricular approach and the children benefit from learning experiences both inside and outside of the classroom as well as themed days and field trips.  All children learn about a wide range of topics and will develop their scientific inquiry skills through elements of the curriculum in KS1 such as living things and their habitats, animals including humans, plants, everyday materials and their uses and seasonal changes . In Reception they develop these skills in the area of learning called ‘Understanding the World’. We aim to develop children’s scientific skills through first hand practical experiences from their very first term in Reception. Children will take part in meaningful, fun investigations through which their ability to observe, predict, hypothesise, communicate and record will be developed. We also hope to foster responsible attitudes towards our environment and all living things.

Science in the Foundation Stage

Science is introduced through topic based activities that encourage our children to explore, observe, problem solve, predict, make decisions, think, and talk about the world around them. This is called 'Understanding of the world' which is one of the four specific areas of learning in Early Years Framework. Early Years science also helps children with skills in other Foundation Stage areas of the national curriculum.

Understanding of the world

 Children explore animals, people, plants and objects in their natural environments. They observe and handle objects and materials to identify differences and similarities. They learn about things that are natural and manmade and their different properties. Children also learn to use their senses, feeling dough or listening to sounds in the environment. They will be encouraged to ask questions about why things happen and how things work.

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Science in Key Stage 1

Working scientifically underpins all learning- it is a continual approach in all the science we do. During years 1 and 2, pupils are taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills.

  • asking simple questions and recognising they can be answered in different ways
  • observing closely, using simple equipment
  • identifying and classifying
  • using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.
  • The children are provided with many enrichment opportunities to explore science. Each year duck or chicken eggs are hatched in school and the children love to see the process of the egg turning into a chick. The school also participates in the ‘Newbury in Bloom’, competition on an annual basis and we are proud to say that we have won the competition two years in a row.

    Visitors to the school have included local industries who have talked to the children about Recycling as well as River Ecologists and Engineers who worked with the children to build marble runs during Science week. We also had a special visit from a forensic scientist who carried out some DNA experiments with the children using their saliva!

    The children have also enjoyed learning about science through exploring the school grounds and visiting local areas, with trips to the zoo, the beach, the Science museum and various local nature reserves.

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