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Science Intent Statement

 Science is to understand the world around us and to think scientifically.

At St Joseph's, through science teaching, we aim to give all our children an understanding of the world around them. Pupils study the body of scientific knowledge and skills as outlined in the primary National Curriculum. Pupils learn to think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. We at St Joseph’s Primary School, believe that the teaching of science develops in children an interest and curiosity about the world in which they live and fosters in them a respect for the environment. 

At St Joseph’s, scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each topic the children study. The aim is to help them to answer questions about the world around them and develop an understanding of scientific processes which govern the world we live in. These topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at St Joseph’s. Topics, such as Plants, are taught in Key Stage One and studied again in greater depth throughout Key Stage Two. This model allows children to build upon their prior knowledge, deepening their understanding. Specialist vocabulary in topics is explicitly taught. Pupils at St Joseph’s learn to use different investigative approaches such as: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations) and researching using secondary sources in order to answer relevant scientific questions. We aim, through our teaching, for our children to develop an interest and enthusiasm for Science. 

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