Science at St Joseph’s
At St Joseph’s Science is about developing the children’s sense of enquiry and extending their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. We use a range of teaching methods in science lessons, with an emphasis on providing a curriculum which develops and extends the children’s scientific concepts and enables them to be curious about the world. The children learn to work as scientists, plan and undertaking practical investigations. Science is taught through specific subject lessons and cross curricular topics. Wherever possible, links are made between science and other subjects, particularly English, maths, D&T and computing. Activities are planned to cover the relevant key science skills and knowledge for each year group and assessed against our Brickwall system (emerging, expected and greater depth). Work is recorded in a variety of ways including the use of drawings, charts, graphs and photographs. Children complete at least 1 science investigation per half term, with an emphasis on assessing particular science investigational skills. By Upper Key Stage 2, children are able to plan, carry out and then write up their full investigations. They communicate conclusions and carry out repeat tests to check results.
Monitoring: Every half term we assess how well the children have performed in their science topic (emerging, expected & greater depth) this show us how well the children are performing compared to national expectations. The Science Leader then collates this information and uses that, as well as information from monitoring teachers’ plans, lessons and children’s work to ensure our provision and pupil outcomes are the very best they can be. Any next steps to move the subject and the children’s learning forward are fed into the Science Leader’s action plan, which is part of the whole school development plan.