At Mexborough St John, we teach children a wide range of subject areas based on the New National Curriculum.
In lessons, children will be taught keys skills and knowledge about the world around them, as well as specific vocabulary and skills that allow them to understand and take part in scientific enquiry. We hope to instil the importance of science and the role it plays in everyday life; from the brushing of teeth, to the movement of the universe.
We aim to provide lessons that are relevant, engaging and practical. It has been proven that practical science teaching allows children to maintain subject knowledge for a greater period of time.
Knowledge organisers are used before and after each topic as a way of identifying initial understand and knowledge, and then the progression made at the end. This also allows teachers to identify gaps in learning and cover any content that may need further teaching.
Science is taught with links to termly topics or standalone units. We aim to make links with termly topics wherever possible to emphasise the relevance of science in the children's own lives.
Scientific enquiry is an integral part of science teaching and understanding and is regularly taught alongside the science topics. Enquiry allows children to use vital scientific vocabulary, use their own life experiences and provides opportunity to challenge their own thoughts and ideas around how the world works. This aspect of science also encourages the use of speaking and listening skills, Literacy skills and Mathematics, making it a crucial part of children's learning.
At Mexborough St John, we aim to provide a high quality science education through practical, engaging and explorative lessons that provide the foundations for understanding the world and how science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. We aim to fuel children’s interest, promote purposeful questioning and support independent exploration in the world around them.
By the time pupils leave Mexborough St John, we aim to ensure they understand the basic workings of the world around them and inspire them to question the possibilities of the future.
At Mexborough St Johns teachers plan stimulating lessons that will challenge pupil’s ideas about science and the world around them, ensuring they are always trying to make tangible links with other areas of their learning.
There is a clear progression in each unit and this can clearly be seen throughout the school in each year group so that children are extending their knowledge from learning in previous year groups. Teachers plan for problem solving and real life opportunities that enable children to find out for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and are given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers. Planning involves teachers creating practical, engaging lessons with opportunities for precise questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills, and assess children regularly to identify those children with gaps in learning.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS):
Pupils develop basic understanding in foundation stage where they start to understand the world around them. Through first-hand experience, exploration and teacher-led questioning, children start to understand the basic concept of their world.
Key Stage 1 and 2:
In KS1, pupils begin to apply their science understanding taught at foundation stage to the wider world and begin to ask questions about the world around them. At this stage, simple scientific enquiries are carried out; starting with questioning, testing and making observations.
Key vocabulary is introduced at this stage that they will use and develop further as the progress through school.
As pupils move in to KS2, they begin to apply knowledge further and make greater links and connections between the world around them and how science impacts on this. Questioning becomes more focussed and enquiries go further by delving in to the ‘how and ‘why’ of ideas and events.
Scientific vocabulary becomes more of a focus for children to explain and reason within scientific enquiry and scientific knowledge. Scientific enquiry is now introduced more formally with a progression of skills through the 2 key stages so that children are able to build on prior knowledge and create ‘sticky’ learning. Now children explore different ways of recording and presenting data, as well as making detailed and reasoned predictions that support their understanding; making links between scientific understanding/knowledge and enquiry.
Topics taught over the year give a wide range of science knowledge and understanding that can be split in to the 3 science areas: chemistry, biology and physics. The coverage of this over the year can be found in the Topic/Science Coverage document at the bottom of this page.
Pupils’ learning over time, reflects the intended curriculum. The concepts and big ideas provide the schema through which meaning is made and helps to ensure long term knowledge growth. This in turn ensures pupils know more and can do more.
Research shows that repetition of course content leads to sticky learning; the transfer of knowledge from the short term to long term memory. At Mexborough St John’s, we achieve this through regular retrieval practise. Children can speak with confidence about what they have learnt and how they can apply this to other parts of their learning.
The impact of our curriculum will be seen not only in measurable attainment and progress but that St John the Baptist Primary School creates polite, well-mannered caring members of our school community who understand and respect everybody’s differences and needs.