With Christ, we grow in faith and understanding.
At St. Teresa’s, our children’s excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena is recognised and developed from the moment they enter our school nursery, and this innate sense of curiosity is fostered throughout their remaining years in our school family.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
Our science curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
The National Curriculum programmes of study describe a sequence of scientific knowledge and concepts to be taught within suggested year groups. However, we are only required to teach the relevant statutory content by the end of the key stage. Within each key stage, we have the flexibility to introduce content earlier or later than suggested in the programmes of study.
In Year 5 and Year 6 at St. Teresa’s, we teach the scientific knowledge and concepts that are suggested to be covered in each year group within upper Key Stage 2.
In Year 1 and Year 2, and Year 3 and Year 4 – due to the mixed age classes – we have adopted a two-year rotation cycle so that we can ensure full coverage of the statutory content for both Key Stage 1 and lower Key Stage 2.
‘Working scientifically’ refers to the nature, processes and methods of science. According to the National Curriculum, ‘working scientifically’ should be embedded within the content of biology, chemistry and physics and should not be taught as a separate strand.
At St. Teresa’s we recognise five types of scientific enquiry as being integral to our children’s progression of ‘working scientifically’ skills:
This important strand of science is made explicit in all teachers’ planning and is assessed separately to children’s scientific knowledge.