Our aim is to develop an interest in, and a greater awareness of, the natural and technological aspects of life.
Key Stage 2
During key stage 2 pupils learn about a wide range of living things, materials and
phenomena. They begin to make links between ideas and to explain things using simple
models and theories. The science key stage 2 curriculum consists of:
Sc1 Scientific enquiry
Sc2 Life processes and living things
Sc3 Materials and their properties
Sc4 Physical processes
Breadth of study
Ideas and evidence in science
Investigative skills:- planning, obtaining and presenting evidence, considering evidence and evaluating.
Forces and motion
The Earth and beyond
Life cycle of plants and animals
Year 6 (old curriculum)
In Y7 and 8 we are covering the new curriculum 2014 agreed with the partnership middle schools and QEHS. The curriculum is supported by the Heinmann scheme and the Exploring Science scheme.
Key stage 3.
The principal focus of science teaching at key stage 3 is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
Pupils will be taught to adopt scientific attitudes, to have experimental skills, to be able to evaluate and analyse experiments and to measure accurately.
Cells and organisation.
Reproduction in humans and plants
Inheritance, chromosomes, DNA and genes
The particulate nature of matter
Pure and impure substances
Chemical reactions, including acids and alkalis
The rock cycle.
Energy and energy transfers
Nutrition and digestion
Gas exchange systems in plants and animals
Atoms, elements and compounds.
The periodic table
The properties of metals and non-metals
Sound waves and light waves
Forces and motion
Electricity and magnetism
Heating and thermal equilibrium
Throughout their four years at St. Joseph's the children are taught to develop their investigational skills, focusing on planning, predicting, hypothesising, recording and analysing data, so, developing a questioning approach to their work.