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St Francis de SalesCatholic Junior School

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"The important thing is to never stop questioning"

Albert Einstein

Our Intent


At St. Francis de Sales, our aim is to provide a high-quality Science education providing foundations for understanding the world. Through building key knowledge and understanding of concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of curiosity about natural phenomena.


We aim to ensure all pupils:


  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding in the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics by providing a well sequenced progressive curriculum;
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through a variety of different scientific enquiries that help them to answer 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.
  • are encouraged to understand how Science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.


Our focus on open-ended investigative activities gives our pupils the opportunity to:

  • test out their own ideas experimentally
  • use a variety of investigative approaches including fair testing; observation; pattern-seeking; exploring and making models
  • develop practical skills
  • carry out investigative fieldwork
  • appreciate the importance of experimental evidence


 St. Francis de Sales aims to maximise the opportunities which Science offers to provide cross-curricular links with other curriculum subjects. These include scientific writing, the history of Science, as well as the use of technology to conduct scientific enquiries.