At St. Augustine’s, children build up a body of key foundational knowledge, concepts and skills, with a particular focus on the teaching of practical science. We aim to foster a sense of excitement and curiosity for the world around them, encouraging children to explore, question, predict, investigate, research and draw their own conclusions.
We follow the aims of national curriculum to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future
Our intention is to provide the foundation stones for the science capital required for children to make a successful transition to secondary school and beyond into the wider world. We support this by adding a rich variety of experiences within lessons, as well as encouraging links to be made at home to support and embed the concepts learnt in school. We ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are embedded into lessons and that they are being developed throughout the children’s school career. New vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching and knowledge organisers. This is developed through the years, in keeping with the topics.
Each year we celebrate National Science week where we offer children an engaging curriculum week based on enrichment science, engineering and technology events and activities. It provides an opportunity for our children to celebrate all sciences and their importance in our everyday lives.
St. Augustine’s is part of the Lewisham Ogden Primary Trust Partnership which helps to build and sustain supportive, collaborative teaching communities that bring about improvement in physics education, engagement and positive learning environments for children. The trust supports events, activities, trips and training.