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St John XXIII Catholic Primary School Inspiring Faith in our Future


Science Intent


We deliver a knowledge rich and balanced curriculum available to all. The learning sequence maximises opportunities for all children to increase their knowledge and understanding of our world, developing skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry.


Children increase their understanding of the world and develop a natural curiosity and recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life.


It is our intent that children become procedurally fluent scientists by the end of KS2, before embarking into KS3.


At St John XXIII it is our intent to ensure children have access to an ambitious and broad curriculum that all can access so that they will:


  • be good communicators- we provide opportunities for children to share their love of science by reading aloud in class during lessons and the science bag, and assemblies.
  • be enthusiastic, lifelong learners we develop in pupils a love of science, recognising the importance of science in daily life that will not only support their learning across the curriculum, but also extend beyond the classroom environment and enrich their lives, equipping them with knowledge to be procedurally fluent scientists. We explicitly teach working scientifically skills throughout the key stages to continually develop children’s understanding.
  • understand how to keep themselves safe and be respectful in their communities we expose the children to challenging concepts, different cultures and ways of life through investigations and curriculum content teaching them to value and celebrate diversity in culture and language
  • develop their God given talents to use what they have learnt as scientists to influence their writing and speaking and their confidence, desire and ability to express their views and opinions both orally and in writing
  • be independent, resilient learners who enjoy challenges we expose children to a range of challenge through investigations and questioning (age appropriate) and develop their ability to be persistent and collaborate


In addition, we intend to contribute towards cultural capital required to be successful learners in wider life. CC has been identified as knowledge useful to our lives. This powerful knowledge is taught through recognising:

  • scientific literacy- understanding of science and how it works
  • science related attitudes- values and dispositions and extent of seeing science as relevant to everyday life
  • transferability- understanding a broad application of science skills apply to a wide range of jobs not just in science fields
  • media consumption- extent of related TV, books and engagement online
  • out-of-school participation- museums, fairs, talk of science in everyday life and knowing people in science roles