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Science

At St Paul's, our vision is to provide a science curriculum supported by a Christian faith, which enables pupils to explore and discover the world around them, so that they have a deeper understanding of the world we live in. We do this through exciting, practical, hands on experiences which encourage joy and curiosity for the scientists of tomorrow.

INTENT

At St Paul’s, we aim to prepare our children for their future with a “hands –on”, inquiry-based science curriculum that enables them to confidently explore and discover the world around them. We motivate and actively engage our children, to nurture and grow their curiosity. Core scientific knowledge and skills are taught through direct teaching in our weekly, well-sequenced curriculum delivery. Our intent is for all our children to be life- long learners who are: inquisitive, independent thinkers, confident to ask ‘Big Questions’ and who are well prepared for their future in the ever changing world. 

IMPLEMENTATION

At St Paul's we aim for excellence. In Science, this is achieved by planning well-sequenced lessons that encourage retrieval of past learning as well as remembering new learning. Key scientific language is modelled so children become familiar with vocabulary and we nurture and encourage children to develop scientific knowledge about the world that God created.

We often begin our Curiosity Curriculum learning with a ‘memorable experience’ which engages the children with their new topic.  In Science, this may be a trip to the Science Museum, The London Aquarium, a Woodland Walk, The Mill Hill Observatory or it may be that we invite a visitor to school such as a animal keeper or a marine biologist.  Our children love Science!

Each week in class, students learn new scientific knowledge and develop their scientific skills in hands-on, engaging science lessons. The curriculum has been planned so that knowledge is learnt and remembered sequentially.

Every year we host Science Week where we have a greater opportunity to explore the world of Science.  During this week we visit the Science laboratories of our local secondary school so that we have a taster of our future Science education.  

IMPACT

Our Science Curriculum will result in an experience that will allow the pupils at St Paul's to explore the world around them scientifically, by asking questions through the development of a curious mind and having the tools to observe, explore and investigate to find answers.

Assessment will be based on learning outcomes closely linked to the national curriculum and established through termly assessments, year group based tasks and teacher judgement.

Pupils at St Paul's will:

  • be able to work individually or as part of a team to investigate and experiment
  • make excellence progress with the development of their science skills and knowledge
  • demonstrate an interest for science in and out of the school environment.
  • question how and why things work
  • show curiosity towards the world around them
  • be the scientists of tomorrow

 

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS IN OUR SCIENCE CURRICULUM

St Paul's - Science in the Curriculum