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Science at St John's 

Our Intent for Science 


At St John's, all pupils are taught the key knowledge, methods and uses of science outlined in the National Curriculum 2014


Our Intent is for our children to leave St. John’s as confident scientists, inspired to explore and pursue the huge range of STEM careers available to them. We believe that it is vital that pupils enter 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 experiments.

St John's teaches science as a discrete subject from Years 1 to 6 and in Early Years, children will discover science through the Understanding the World area of learning. In all year groups, there will be lots of opportunities for hands-on experiences.


The science curriculum is organised into units, allocated to each year group based on the National Curriculum and supported by the Developing Experts Resource. Children will be able to access this brilliant website from home where they can continue the learning from their lessons. Each unit is designed to support the development of a specific area of scientific knowledge, along with a strand of scientific skills. 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.


We also pay attention to five types of scientific enquiry;


Comparative and Fair Testing * Identifying, classifying and grouping *  Observing over time * Pattern seeking * Research using secondary sources


We are supported in this by research from; The Science & Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub (SEERIH), based at the University of Manchester.


This group works with practising teachers to drive the improvement of science and engineering in the UK and we have based our enquiry model on their work. 


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


  • Year 1 – Animals Including Humans: About Me and About Animals, Seasonal Changes, Uses of Everyday Materials, Exploring Everyday Materials and Introduction to Plants


  • Year 2 – Animals Including Humans: Growth, Diet and Health, Everyday Materials, Plants: Growth and Care and Living Things and Their Habitats and Habitats Around the World


  • Year 3 – Rocks, Forces and Magnets, Light, Animals Including Humans, Plants: Life-cycles and Exploring the World of Plants


  • Year 4 – Electricity, Sound, States of Matter, Animals Including Humans: Food and Digestion, Living Things and Their Habitats: Classification and Nature and the Environment


  • Year 5 – Earth and Space, Properties of Materials, Forces, Changes of Materials, Animals Including Humans: Human Life-cycles and Studying Living Things


  • Year 6 – Classification, Evolution and Inheritance, Light, Electricity, Animals Including Humans: Blood and Transportation, the Heart and Health





Science Overview 

Year group 








Weather and Seasons





Environments – Beach


Year 1

Animals – Including Humans

Seasonal Change






Year 2

Animals – Including Humans


Growth – Diet and Health

Everyday Materials 





Living Things and Habitats


Year 3



Forces and Magnets



Animals – Including Humans



Year 4




States of Matter


Animals – Including Humans

Living Things




Year 5

Earth and Space



Changes in Materials



Animals – Including Humans


Living Things

Year 6



Evolution and Inheritance




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 Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust.