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At St Joseph’s, we intend for our children to be confident and skilled scientists who will take part in stimulating lessons where they develop an in-depth understanding of the world around them and an understanding of how major scientific ideas have played a role in society, to prepare them for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world.




This year the science curriculum will be based around the Cornerstones Curriculum. This is a creative curriculum, which is a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children. The Cornerstones Curriculum will offer a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new science curriculum will provide a rich menu of exciting, motivating and challenging learning activities that will make creative links between all aspects of our children’s scientific learning.


We will deliver a science curriculum that:

  • Includes working scientifically, so that children have opportunities to develop practical enquiry skills to engage with the world in a scientific way and make sense of what they are learning about

  • Provides a range of hands-on experiences to promote engagement and presents opportunities for the discussion and questioning which develop understanding

  • Provides opportunities for different types of enquiry, such as observing over time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying, comparative and fair tests, using secondary sources

  • Builds upon prior knowledge and a progression of skills to ensure all children have a secure understanding and knowledge of key science concepts




The impact of our Science curriculum is that our children become resilient, independent and curious scientists who ask questions and find things out for themselves.  Our children are able to communicate their ideas and findings using appropriate scientific terminology.

Year 6 light investigation

Year 4 invertebrate exploration

Year 1 dinosaur teeth creation

Science Progression document based on Cornerstones curriculum

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