Science

Our aim in all our science teaching is to stimulate the intellect, curiosity, interest and enjoyment of pupils, so enabling them to become familiar with a range of scientific knowledge, principles and vocabulary, to enable them to develop informed opinions.

Science teaches an understanding of natural phenomena. Teachers aim to stimulate a child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do, to teach methods of enquiry and investigation, and to stimulate creative thought. Pupils learn to explore the world around them by asking scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way in which science affects their personal future and the future of the wider community in a local, national and international context.

The approach to the teaching of science at St Joseph’s is based on first-hand practical experiences.  As far as possible, we draw contexts for learning from areas of experience such as the home, the School and recreational environments.  We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in science lessons, reflecting the diversity of experience required to enable children to access the whole science curriculum.  Our principal aim is to develop their knowledge, skills, and understanding. We recognise that in all classes pupils have a wide range of scientific abilities, and we try to ensure that we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child.