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Science

 A progressive curriculum is offered from the Early Years curriculum through to both Key Stages. We ensure that there is a wide variety of topics covered offering a breadth of learning in biology, chemistry and physics. Experiments enable all the girls to have a hands on approach to learning and this encourages them to ask questions to further their own learning.

Our vision for Science

With the rise of women in science, this is an important part of our curriculum and as a school we actively encourage all the girls to be inspired about scientific subjects.

"If you know you are on the right track, if you have this inner knowledge, then nobody can turn you off... no matter what they say."  — Barbara McClintock, cytogeneticist and winner of the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

At St Joseph’s our long term vision for science is:

  • For all children to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.
  • For children to ask their own questions and have the confidence to find the answers through practical hands on experiences rather than purely secondary sources.
  • To have an enthusiasm for scientific knowledge.

"Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated." — Rosalind Franklin, chemist and X-ray crystallographer

 A progressive curriculum is offered from the Early Years curriculum through to both Key Stages.

The National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

At St Joseph’s  the Programmes of Study for Science are defined as units of work for each year group. We ensure that there is a wide variety of topics covered offering a breadth of learning in biology, chemistry and physics. Experiments enable all the girls to have a hands on approach to learning and this encourages them to ask questions to further their own learning. We are all very proud of the work our children do in science and we always ensure that science remains high on our agenda.

"Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity." — Mae Jemison, physicist and astronaut