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Science – Our intent, aims and concepts


Our science curriculum is the vehicle in which we can enhance children’s curiosity and awe and wonder. We want our children to be courageous advocates of change and understand that science knowledge and understanding is one of the driving forces for this.

We want our children to become scientists and to engage in ‘big questions’ in order to enrich their understanding of themselves and the world around them. Through tailored learning experiences, children will be given opportunities to develop their science knowledge and skills in biology, chemistry and physics.

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We intend that the study of science will enable our children to:    

• Appreciate how our knowledge of science can help them understand the world they live in

• Pose questions and suggest ways in which these can be answered

• Understand that science is continually developing and our understanding of the world is constantly changing and evolving

• Clearly communicate their understanding and knowledge both verbally and through quality writing

• Understand that their actions effect our own lives and those of others

Science at Totnes St. John's

Science at Foundation Stage is introduced indirectly through activities that encourage children to explore, problem solve, observe, predict, think, make decisions and talk about the world around them. 

Teachers think very carefully about the progression of Science knowledge and skills when planning Science learning enquiries. We realise the importance of the building blocks within each of the three science concepts and ensure learning is sequential and well ordered for all our pupils.


We are very fortunate to have good links with our local secondary schools where our Upper Key Stage 2 pupils have opportunities to join in with some very exciting and worthwhile science investigation days.

We have our own after school Science club that's very popular and allows pupils to further explore the wonderful world of Science.


SCIENCE  – Examples of Science Learning Experiences at Totnes St. John's

SCIENCE – Examples of Science Learning Journals

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