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At St John's, all pupils are taught the key knowledge, methods and uses of science outlined in the National Curriculum 2014. We believe that it is vital that pupils leave for secondary school with both a detailed knowledge of the inter-related disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics and a strong understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science, developed through practical activity.

St John's teaches science as a discrete subject from Years 1 to 6. The science curriculum is organised into units, allocated to each year group based on the National Curriculum and supported by the Discovering Experts Resource.

 

Each unit is designed to support the development of  a specific area of scientific knowledge, along with a strand of practical science. The curriculum is designed to be spiral in nature, with pupils returning to areas of learning in greater depth as they move through the school.

 

  During their time at our school the children will meet the following scientific units of learning.

 

  • Year 1 – Materials and their Properties, Seasons, Animals inc. Human and Plants
  • Year 2 – Materials and their Properties, Living Things and their Habitats, Plants and Animals inc. Humans
  • Year 3 – Rocks, Plants, Animals inc. Humans, Light and Forces and Magnets
  • Year 4 – Classification, Electricity, Living Things and their Habitats, Sound, States of Matter and Digestion
  • Year 5 – Earth and Space, Materials, Forces, Properties and Changes of Materials and Life-cycles
  • Year 6 – Evolution and Inheritance, Classification, Light, Electricity and Animals inc. Humans

 

 

 

Science

Year

Autumn

Spring

Summer

FS

Machines

 

Forces

Weather and Seasons

 

Senses

Insects

 

Environments – Beach

Year 1

Animals – Including Humans

Seasonal Change

 

Materials

Materials

 

Plants

Year 2

Animals – Including Humans

 

Growth – Diet and Health

Body

 

Materials

Plants

 

Living Things and Habitats

Year 3

Rocks

 

Forces and Magnets

Light

 

Animals – Including Humans

Plants

 

Year 4

Electricity

 

Sound

States of Matter

 

Animals – Including Humans

Living Things

 

Habitats

Year 5

Earth and Space

 

Materials

Changes in Materials

 

Forces

Animals – Including Humans

 

Living Things

Year 6

Classification

 

Evolution and Inheritance

Light

 

Electricity

Blood and Transportation

 

The Heart and Health

 

 

 

The National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future

 

At St John’s CE Primary, the teaching and learning of science embeds the working scientifically requirements into each topic so that in addition to the core knowledge and vocabulary, children are developing skills of observation, investigation and fair testing, classification and data handling.

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St John's CE Primary School is a member of the Berkshire Schools Trust.

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