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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 building foundations for understanding the world through biology, chemistry and physics. 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 and use scientific vocabulary which is displayed in their classroom. Science is continuously changing our lives and is vital to the future of our world. Here at St Joseph’s teachers ensure all pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. 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.

The outdoor classroom and garden area offers a wealth of  opportunities for children to immerse themselves in science. Through our termly Science days, Gardening club and involvement in local projects, children have the opportunity to understand how practical science can be used to explain why and how phenomena occur and draw conclusions from their observations. 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.


Imagination is more important than knowledge – Einstein


Science at home: Below are some ideas for making your own wildlife sanctuary at home.

Please take pictures of your creations and bring them into school or email them to: admin@sjc.bkcat.co.uk

 Make sure that you get an adult to look at the instructions with you before you start:

Take a look at the amazing  homes and habitats pupils have made at home!

Key Stage One Science Day 

Key Stage Two Science Day