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Children at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School will experience all aspects of Science developed in the Curriculum through the Cornestones topics and other quality first resources.

We aim to provide a high-quality Science education through the  understanding of the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of Science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils will be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomenas. They will be encouraged to understand how Science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.



Understanding the World

The school has adopted the guidance in the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation stage (March 2014) and is embedded in the seven areas of learning. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected and will promote children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning.

ELG The World:

  • Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things.
  • They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.
  • They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.


KS1 & KS2

The school has adopted the model outlined in the Science Curriculum 2014. The programmes of study for Science are set out year-by-year for key stages 1 and 2 and will be completed by the end of the key stage.   Regular review of the progression and intended coverage of curriculum through Cornerstone ensures breadth, balance, continuity and relevance to all pupils at St Joseph's.


Skills progression

At St Joseph's the children's learning is assessed using the skills progression tool on Cornerstone's where we are able to individually track the children's own progression.



Science is taught via our Cornerstones curriculum throughout each termly topic in a cross-curricular way with terms 3 and 6 having a specific science focus. There are also stand alone Science lessons (Drivers) to compliment each topic to ensure coverage and progression throughout the year. Teachers can also use other resources and websites to create their own lessons using Cornerstones 'Create school projects'.

Principles of good science

Progression of science skills

Earth class have been investigating how materials change state

Reception class becoming more curious and observing change in the natural world.

Investigating states of matter

Earth Class investigating the phases of the moon with the help of Oreos.

Investigating Space - Earth Class teaching Fire Class some facts about the solar system.

Investigating different forces

KS1 Exploring materials and choosing which one would make a good umbrella!

Forest School


KS1 Science experiement to understand how germs travel. Our hands were very clean!

Whizz Pop Science Assembly