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Curriculum

Science

INTENT at St John’s we aim to:

  • develop pupil’s enjoyment and interest in science
  • develop pupil’s understanding of key scientific concepts and scientific skills
  • enable pupils to be curious, question, explore ideas and make discoveries for themselves
  • enable pupils to effectively communicate scientific ideas by using scientific vocabulary
  • develop positive attitudes which encourage collaborative learning and perseverance
  • develop pupil’s awareness of how science influences and affects our everyday lives and prepare them for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world

IMPLEMENTATION at St John’s we

Staff and pupils have created a whole school science vision that underpins teaching and learning.

We teach science in line with National Curriculum statements for each year group ensuring progression of knowledge and skills. Each unit begins with assessment of what the children know already which is built upon in a series of lessons. Teachers may use Kent Scheme, ASE and PSTT and PLAN materials to support their lesson planning to ensure high quality lessons are delivered in line with NC objectives.

Science is taught weekly through high quality, engaging enquiry based lessons, often using a ‘hands on’ approach developing pupil’s ability to work scientifically, use scientific vocabulary and develop questioning, reading and collaboration skills.

Children are encouraged to record in a range of ways to demonstrate their learning.

British Science Week 

Please see Science Week letter for full details 

British Science Week is fast approaching and we have planned several activities for our children to celebrate science on Tuesday 15th March and Tuesday 22nd March 2022. This year our theme is:

Growth

A fitting theme for what has been a turbulent time for all of us, ‘Growth’ links with multiple areas across science, technology, engineering and maths. It can be plant growth, population/urban growth, the growth of engineering, life cycles, personal growth and growth mindset. We can find examples of growth within all subjects and all around us, making it an excellent starting point for a celebration of science!

Tuesday 15th March

Early Years and Key Stage 1: We are so excited that this year Our Amazing Animal World will be returning with their exciting workshop.  It is an interactive experience in which the children will be able to handle the animals (if they wish) as they learn more about their life-cycles, needs for growth and habitats. This will develop the children’s understanding of living things, build confidence and make the day truly memorable. If you have any questions, please talk to your class teacher directly.

Key Stage 2:  We have an exciting “Growth” themed day planned. Children will take part in a carousel of activities led by the Key Stage 2 team exploring different aspects of “Growth” across science, maths and engineering.

Tuesday 22nd March 2022

The day will begin with Science Shows for both Early Years/Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, facilitated by Ian Dunne from DoScience, a popular science entertainer. This will be followed up by short class sessions in which children will be able to ask questions and learn more about the science topics they are exploring in science lessons.

Competition Time

We have two very exciting competitions to launch which everyone is invited to participate in.

  • Photo Competition:

Where is the funniest or strangest place you have seen a plant growing?

Take a photograph. Write your name and class on the back and give it to your class teacher by Friday 18th March. Prizes will be awarded for the best entries.

  • Poster Competition.

The theme for British Science Week 2022 poster competition is ‘Growth’. Your poster could explore a tadpole’s journey into a fully grown adult frog, or look at the ways population growth is affecting the planet or a combination of ideas illustrating the theme. Be creative, informative and clear! The best entry from each class will be sent to the judges at the British Science Association with a chance of winning exciting prizes! Your entry should be submitted by 30th March 2022. Make sure you have your name and class on it so that we can acknowledge and celebrate your work.

It is our hope that through these enriching learning experiences, children will be inspired, curious and enthused to learn more about science and the world around them. Please ask your children to share their learning with you when they come home.

Thank you for your continued support.

Kind Regards,

Bev Casewell

(Science Lead)

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