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Science

At St Joseph’s, we recognise that science is important because as a body of knowledge, it helps us to understand the world that we live in. The skills and knowledge of science can be applied widely in everyday life and, crucially, science methodology forms the basis of sound intellectual enquiry.

Science is a very practical subject which develops a spirit of enquiry built through the experimental testing of ideas which encourages and develops a child's natural curiosity.

Our aims in teaching science at St Joseph’s are that all children will:

  • have the opportunity to stimulate and excite their curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them and to satisfy this curiosity with knowledge
  • retain and develop their natural sense of curiosity about the world around them
  • develop a set of attitudes which will promote scientific ways of thinking, including open-endedness, perseverance, objectivity and a recognition of the importance of teamwork
  • be able to ask and answer scientific questions
  • know appropriate scientific vocabulary
  • be able to communicate and relate science to everyday life, developing these experiences through scientific investigations
  • understand health and safety issues relating to science (e.g. electricity, cigarettes, sugar, and tooth decay and healthy eating)

We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in science lessons. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills, and understanding. Sometimes we do this through whole-class teaching, while at other times we engage the children in an enquiry-based research activity. We encourage the children to ask, as well as answer, scientific questions.
Science is taught as part of topic work or as a discrete subject, depending on the age group or topic covered. The school grounds and local area provide a rich variety of opportunities for the teaching of science and visits are often used to enrich the science curriculum.
Enjoyable scientific experiences foster confidence, encourage the ability to ask questions and help children absorb the knowledge and skills associated with scientific methods of investigation. Through their powers of observation, prediction, investigation and by interpreting their results. children can, in collaboration with others, develop their knowledge about the world in which they live.