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At St Swithun’s, science is taught in line with the national curriculum, with the aim of helping children to develop a foundation for understanding the world. In conjunction with our school topic plans, we follow a published scheme of work “Switch-on Science” developed by Rising Stars. This supports us in providing a varied approach to science, which mixes practical and theory.

Science lessons take place weekly; within these lessons, pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Science is taught in distinct blocks, with children focussing on one particular theme per half term. Throughout their time at St Swithun’s, children build up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts and are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. Through engaging lessons, children learn to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Science at St Swithun’s is a fantastic opportunity for children to apply their learning in mathematics and English, for example by writing scientific reports or producing graphs to show results. In addition to this, children will extend their vocabulary by using specific technical language.

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