John Stainer


Science is an integral part of the curriculum at John Stainer School.   

Children are naturally curious and have many questions about the world around them. 

We provide all children with the necessary core scientific knowledge and investigative skills to answer their questions about these processes through the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

We encourage every child to engage with scientific concepts to understand how the field of Science can be used to observe, predict and analyse causes.  Using a variety of scientific enquiries, we aim to inspire children to fully understand the uses and implications of Science today and in the future.

Embedded in our science lessons are opportunities to use a variety of investigative skills, including:

  •  generating their own lines of enquiry
  • making predictions
  • analysing results
  • observing changes over time
  • collecting results in a variety of ways
  • drawing conclusions from their observations
  • evaluating their own method and the reliability of their results.

Underpinning this is an emphasis on children actively participating in their own practical investigations and experiments, utilizing the classroom, wider school grounds and the local environment and community.

The school’s priority is to provide a widely differentiated curriculum so all children can access at their level of understanding and use robust assessment to provide tailored teaching.

Areas of study covered throughout the school:

  • Year 1: Plant Detectives, Looking at Animals, Using our Scenes, Everyday Materials, Sensing Seasons, Our Changing World.
  • Year 2: Taking Care of Ourselves, Changing the Shape of Materials, What is in Your Habitat?, The Apprentice Gardener, Choosing Materials, Growing Up.
  • Year 3: How does your Garden Grow?, Rock Detectives, Can you see Me?, The Power of Forces, Amazing Bodies, Our Changing World.
  • Year 4: Changing States, Sound, Electricity and Circuits, Digestion, Human Impact, Who Am I?
  • Year 5: Reproduction in Plants and Animals, Everyday Materials, Marvellous Mixtures, Reversible and Irreversible Changes, Feel the Force, The Earth and Beyond.
  • Year 6: The Nature Library, Body Pump, Body Health, Everything Changes, Danger! Low Voltage, Light Up Your World.

After School Science Club

During the Spring Term, the school runs a Science After School Club for children in Years 3 to 6.

We cover a range of scientific principles from a variety of disciplines including, forces, sound, chemical reactions, changing states and many more. All sessions are designed to be very interactive and generate excellent discussion, giving the children opportunity to expand their understanding and apply their knowledge.


Science Week

Every year, John Stainer School conducts a Science Week.

This was a school wide initiative to raise the profile of Science and for children to take part in a variety of Science focused activities. All the children really rise to the challenge and have fun exploring Science in more depth.

 Scientist Dress Up Day:

Children dressed up as an influential Scientist with a home-made information badge explaining their contribution to Science.

Children enjoyed researching their chosen scientist and sharing their work with others across the school.

Growing Competition:

We ran a school competition to see who could grow the longest cress hair on a cress head.

We received hundreds of wonderful entries and there were prizes for the longest cress, most imaginatively decorated head and most interesting fact file.

 Quantum Theatre:

We invited Quantum Theatre to come and perform to Key Stage 1 and 2, providing children with fascinating facts about how things grow.

Science Quiz:

We love to involve the whole school community in Science.

We run an annual Science Quiz for children and their parents, which is always fun as well as being informative.