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St Stephen's

Building Each Other Up in Love and Learning

Science

We believe that science enhances and develops children’s social, mathematical and analytical skills, and develops important life skills such as perseverance, problem-solving, critical thinking and researching. Through the teaching of science, children develop a natural curiosity about their world.

Scientific enquiry skills are cultivated at every level through a curriculum aimed at empowering the children to act and think like scientists. Our cross-curricular approach means we link our science learning to our topics. Year 2 grew herbs and used them as an ingredient in their soup-making, while Year 6 created motorised vehicles with their knowledge of electrical circuits.

Our hands on approach provides the opportunity to get stuck  - in Year One, children watched chickens incubate and hatch in their own classroom; Year Five constructed their version of the solar system, filming their papier-mache planets orbiting in the playground. Children in Key Stage 2 designed experiments, based on observing different conditions for decay. Year 4 recreated the digestive system, using vinegar and washing up liquid, to mimic the journey of food from when it enters the mouth to when it leaves the body. 

We want our children to leave us with a positive attitude to science and a strong grounding in its basic concepts and disciplines so they continue to engage and develop their knowledge at secondary school.