“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure science.” – Edwin Powell Hubble
At St. John’s CE Academy, we are committed to providing our students with a high-quality science education that equips them with the knowledge, skills, and curiosity to understand and contribute to the world around them. Our aim is to foster a love of science in our students and inspire them to explore and inquire about the natural world. Through working scientifically, using hands-on experiments and investigations, alongside high-quality teaching of the substantive concepts identified within the National Curriculum, we aim to ignite pupils’ curiosity and encourage them to ask questions, make discoveries, and develop critical thinking skills. Our curriculum is carefully planned to consistently revisit prior learning during each weekly lesson, enabling children to build upon their existing knowledge whilst also consolidating their understanding of previous learning. Teaching staff regularly review links between and across year groups when planning lessons, ensuring that children are provided with ample opportunity to retrieve prior learning and to secure knowledge retention. Our curriculum is enhanced though many visits to places of scientific interest, directly linked to classroom learning, including RSPB Saltholme, local woodland, farms, parks and coastal visits. Further to this, our children also experience STEM focused workshops including RAF funded LEGO robotics workshops and the STEMFEST exhibition.
We also recognise the key role that science has had on society, from advancements in medicine and technology to developing our understanding of the universe, and place a focus on emphasising the importance of science in shaping the world and improving lives, both now and in the future. As a result, we are committed to helping our students explore potential careers in science and related fields, making clear links between the learning within the classroom and the potential careers that our children could pursue. Through exposure to a diverse range of people who work in science-based fields, real-world applications, and interactions with professionals, we are passionate about empowering our students to envision themselves as scientists, engineers, researchers, and innovators; we want our children to aspire to play their own roles in the scientific studies of the future, inspiring them to become the scientists of tomorrow.
What do our children think?
“I enjoy doing lots of experiments!” Year 6
“I really enjoyed meeting the animals when Zoolab visited” Year 2
“I enjoy circuits and it will help me when I want to get a job as an engineer” Year 6
“Space is really interesting” Year 5
“The forest school day was great!” Year 2