At St Jérôme School we want to inspire our children to be curious about the world in which they live. Our approach to teaching Science is through exploring the natural world and through investigation and as far as possible our Science lessons incorporate opportunities for children to work practically. Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum for England.
In Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2) children learn to use the following methods, processes and skills:
- asking simple questions (for example, ‘What would happen if I didn’t give a plant water?’)
- observing closely, using simple equipment such as a magnifying glass
- identifying and classifying
- using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
- gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
Whilst our weekly Science lessons are taught in English we ensure that knowledge and concepts are revisited in French lessons so that children have the vocabulary and language structures to express their learning. Many scientific words are identical or very similar in English and French as they have been adopted into these languages from Latin and Greek.
For more details of the National Curriculum for Science please click here.
For a glossary of Scientific vocabulary that children learn in Key Stage 1 please click here.
To further explore Science at home we recommend the following websites:
If you have the opportunity, we are very fortunate to have a number of exciting places in the local area to visit that will support children’s learning in Science.
London Science Museum https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk
London Zoo https://www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo
Kew Botanical Gardens https://www.kew.org
Natural History Museum http://www.nhm.ac.uk
London Aquarium https://www.visitsealife.com/london/