The Science Curriculum at St Thomas
At St Thomas’ we deliver an ambitious, knowledge-based Science curriculum that aims to inspire pupils’ curiosity and equip them with the foundations for understanding the world through a scientific lens. Pupils will be encouraged to use the knowledge they learn in Science and apply it to investigations that test a theory or set out to answer a question.
Excellence is displayed through our Science curriculum through the high standards of teaching and learning. Staff are equipped with specific subject knowledge to teach quality Science lessons.
Experiences and Life Skills
Science enriches children’s learning and enables them to create a sense of awe and wonder about the world around them. Through many scientific activities and experiments, children have the opportunity to practice vital skills such as: gather information, record data, graph data and interpret their findings. These are essential skills that pupils will apply to new contexts as they work through the curriculum.
Children will learn about influential scientists during their time at St Thomas’. Each year group will study one key scientist in depth and discover the work of many more through a variety of scientific topics. We believe it is important that children discover the work of scientists in history and modern day and of different cultures and gender.
Our Christian values can be encompassed in our Science lessons through many topics and activities that children are presented with. Children adapt a respectful attitude towards the world that God created and ways in which we can look after it by being more aware of global issues and taking responsibility for the decisions and actions we take as individuals to care for the world we live in. Children also demonstrate responsibility by taking care of resources during Science lessons and share with others when needed.
Reading and Vocabulary
Reading and vocabulary is at the heart of all subjects at St Thomas’. Science lessons follow a structure that allows time for explicitly teaching new vocabulary (STAR words) at the beginning of every lesson. They will be challenged to learn the meaning of these words and apply them correctly during the lesson. Teachers will provide children with actions to match each of these words, to support the children in remembering and using the newly learnt vocabulary. This is something that we use from EYFS and expose children to scientific language from the start of their school life.
In all lessons, our children will read. This can be incorporated into any aspect of the lesson. Children will read a range of texts, from information texts to online glossaries and blogs.
Knowledge Rich and Academic
The science curriculum builds upon knowledge incrementally in a carefully sequenced curriculum, with opportunities to make links within and across year groups and in other subject areas. Pupils will develop an understanding of key substantive concepts (the human body, plants, classification, properties, materials, forces and habitats) that act as threads throughout our progressive science curriculum from the beginning to the end of the pupils’ primary education.
At St Thomas’, we deliver a science curriculum that goes beyond the expectations of the National Curriculum in some year groups. Examples of this include: teaching ‘Astronomy’ and ‘Electricity’ in Year Two and ‘Meteorology’ in Year Five. In doing this, we believe that gives children a good foundation for their learning as they move through school and provides them will the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in KS2.