"Science is fun. Science is curiosity. We all have natural curiosity" - Sally Ride
At St James’ Primary School, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. As one of the core subjects taught in Primary Schools, we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires.
The Scientific area of learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry. It will develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence.
We intend to encourage children to ask questions about the world around them and find answers through conducting scientific enquiries.
At St James, in conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our Science teaching offers opportunities for children to:
At St James’ Primary School:
Children have weekly lessons in Science throughout Key Stage 1 and 2, using various programmes of study and resources. In Early years, science is taught through the children learning about the world around them in their learning through play. Additional opportunities are provided in Science, such as Mad Science Whole School Days, British Science Week Whole School Scientific Enquiries and educational visits linked to the science curriculum, such as trips to MOSI and visits from Zoo Lab and WonderDome.
We endeavour to ensure that the Science curriculum we provide will give children the confidence and motivation to continue to further develop their skills into the next stage of their education and life experiences.
2022 Pupil Voice
What amazes you about Science?
Every class in St James takes part in a sequence of at least 6 forest school sessions every year. Forest School has strong cross curricular links and it has a special relationship with science. The environment lends itself to exploring seasonal change, using and discovering properties of materials, plants, habitats, birds and animals and much more! Although Forest School is not an outdoor science lesson, it can act as a retrieval task for children as they recall knowledge and skills learned in their science lessons.