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St James Hatcham

Science

Science

We know that all children have a natural curiosity about the world around them and that science is a fundamental part of this.

At St James Hatcham, we aim to create children who question why and how things work. We strive to nurture this interest through high-quality teaching, practical investigations and embedding scientific skills. Therefore, allowing children to ask questions and develop the skills required to come up with the answers.

At St James Hatcham we aim to:

  • Meet the needs of all of our children by giving them opportunities to enhance their skills by working scientifically, and then apply this knowledge to make connections within the wider world. We achieve this by providing opportunities to recognise and articulate which scientific skill they will use. This allows the children time to reflect on what they have achieved.
  • Develop oracy skills by teaching scientific language in a multitude of creative ways, such as: explicitly teaching new vocabulary, presenting their findings and asking questions linked to scientific enquiry. The impact of this will allow the children to make informed oral and written responses, as well as the ability to challenge misconceptions through the understanding of language. 
  • Embed cross-curricular links between Science and Maths in a meaningful way. Science inspires and stimulates mathematics. Within any science investigation, children must have the skills to problem solve, explain their reasoning and communicate their answers. At St James Hatcham, we are proactive in making these connections through real life scenarios. Allowing the children to go outside opens up a whole new world of questions. Are we able to estimate the amount of vegetables we can grow in our edible playground, or the height of the trees outside? This way of learning motivates the children and brings the subjects to life.

 Eco-Schools

We are currently aiming for our Eco-Schools Green Flag accreditation, which recognises, rewards and celebrates the environmental achievements of young people. A selection of our greatest Eco Warriors have been made from each year group to help ensure we meet the tight targets for the award. Keep your eyes on the news space for updates.