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

Scientific enquiry

Ideas and evidence in science

Investigative skills:- planning, obtaining and presenting evidence, considering evidence and evaluating.



Year 5

Forces and motion

Changing materials

Living things

The Earth and beyond

Life cycle of plants and animals


Year 6 (old curriculum)



Different changes


Food chains



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.

Year 7


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


Year 8


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.