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St John's Catholic

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St John's Science Week 2022

What is British Science Week?

British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths that takes place between 11-20 March 2022.


The theme this year for British Science Week is GROWTH.


At Saint John's we have enjoyed celebrating British Science Week in lots of different ways.


To launch our Science week, we had a visit from a real life scientist, Mrs Brindle  who worked with all the classes to carry out an investigation using Red Cabbage to make a special potion to use as an indicator with a variety of solutions. 

The children wore safety glasses, chopped up the cabbage, used a pipette to add their potion and watched as the different solutions changed colour before their eyes.

Whole School "Growth" Challenge

Science Week 2022

Theme this year – Growth


Which class can grow the tallest sunflower? 

A prize will be awarded to the winning class!

Each class to be given 4 seeds and a challenge envelope.


All classes need to plan and begin their investigation during this week.  We will compare results at the end of the Summer Term. 

Other points: Easter Holidays – either a member of staff or trusted pupils will need to look after them over the two week break.

Possible Easter challenge – all children given sunflower seeds to grow at home too?

(Children could grow their seeds in yoghurt pots and keep a weekly diary including photographs of their growth.)


Each class to explain their investigation during Friday’s assembly.



Can you plant the seeds and look after them?  How should you look after them?  What will they need?

Make observations.


Year 1

What do seeds need to grow? 

Investigate why seeds need soil. 

Conduct a simple test.  Make relevant observations using simple equipment


Year 2

Which conditions will be best for growing your sunflower seeds?


  • Seeds and bulbs germinate and grow into seedlings and they need light to do so.

Observe closely, using simple equipment

Perform simple tests


Year 3

Will the size of the pot effect how a sunflower grows?

  • Plants need certain things to grow: air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow). These vary from plant to plant.

Make systematic observations.

With modelling and guidance, gather, record, classify and present data in a variety of ways to help to answer questions.


Year 4

Investigate if temperature effects growth.

Set up simple and practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests.

Gather, record, classify and present data in a variety of ways to help to answer questions


Year 5

Investigate if different types of soil effect how a plant grows.

With prompting, recognise and control variables where necessary.

Select, with prompting, and use appropriate equipment to take readings.  Take precise measurements using standard units.

Record data and results.


Year 6

Investigate if plants grow better with fertiliser in the soil.

Plan different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions

Recognise and control variables where necessary

Take measurements with increasing accuracy and precision

Take repeat readings when appropriate


Check back in for updates of our sunflower challenge!

Planting our Sunflowers

Year 2 investigating Optical Illusions

VIP Visitor Sir Bill Beaumont

To mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, marking her 70 years on the throne, we had a very special visitor into school. Sir Bill Beaumont came to school during Science Week to plant a tree to mark this very special celebration. We look forward to watching the tree grow over the years.

Science makes a significant contribution to the education of our children. Through their investigations children are able to acquire an awareness of:

  • The importance of science in everyday life
  • The part science has played in the development of many of the things they use in real life
  • The need to treat their environment with care and sensitivity
  • The need to treat all living things with the respect they deserve as part of God’s creation.




Science is a subject that stimulates and excites pupils' curiosity about the world around them. Scientific investigation develops understanding through practical activity, and encourages critical and creative thought. An important aspect of Science at St John's is for the children to learn and use scientific vocabulary in the correct context, both while in discussion during practical investigation and also when writing up their findings. Children are exposed to different ways of investigating and get the chance to develop their skills at predicting likely outcomes. Making predictions is a key skill used across the curriculum as it teaches children that making a mistake, or not getting something quite right is a natural part of learning.


The pupils need to understand that there are many cross curricular links within Science learning, ranging from creating tables, graphs and interpreting data, to discovering materials from different climates and countries. Pupils are encouraged to work in groups to carry out investigations, so they are constantly developing their co-operation and communication skills, which is key to working effectively as part of a team.



Through Science our objectives are:

  • To encourage children to enquire, explore and observe, so that they can ask questions about themselves and their environment.
  • To encourage children to test or experiment in order to progress towards answers in their questions.
  • To encourage children to look for links and patterns in their studies.
  • To teach children how to record their findings as accurately as possible in appropriate ways for their age and ability.
  • To teach and encourage children to draw conclusions or answers from their work.




At St John's, teachers pride themselves on planning stimulating lessons that will challenges pupil’s ideas about Science and the world around them and to ensure they are always trying to make links with other areas of their learning.


There is a clear progression in each unit and this can clearly be seen throughout the school in each year group so that children are extending their knowledge from learning in previous year groups.



Science Displays around School

Year 2 Plants Topic : What do plants need to grow?

Bird Club

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