At St James, it is our intention to recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life.
Science is all about sparking the children’s interest and nurturing their natural curiosity to find out more about the world in which they live. To ensure we promote inquisitive scientists, lessons at St James are practical, engaging and are often enquiry based, allowing the pupils to draw their own conclusions.
The Science curriculum for KS1 and KS2 at St James is based upon the National Curriculum and each year children build upon their current skill set and knowledge.
In reception, Science is part of the ‘Understanding of the World’ area of learning in the EYFS framework and is a vital element of the continuous provision provided.
Science lessons are very practical, and teachers encourage the children to use correct vocabulary, ask questions and work scientifically. This means that children are exposed to different equipment and types of enquiry to build upon their current scientific skills. Investigations are often prompted by children asking their own questions. The children are taught to make predictions, design experiments, analyse results and draw conclusions on their findings.
Science provides opportunities to develop other areas of the curriculum such as: Literacy, Maths and Computing. Children will use their maths skills to analyse results from investigations. Literacy skills are used in many ways including: explanations of life cycles, biographies of famous scientists, conclusions or methods used in investigations. Science has clear links to the topics that underpin the learning that occurs each term, allowing them to apply their scientific knowledge into a range of real-life context and scenarios.