Science & Sustainability at JHPS

What is the Science Vision for John Henry Primary School?

De-alienate science!! Science is a way of viewing the world in a critical way in order to understand our surroundings. Unfortunately, science is often seen as a ‘difficult to understand’ subject. My endeavour at John Henry Primary School will be to develop students’ critical thinking skills in a way that dissolves the vale of difficulty.

Victorian Curriculum:

1.Science as a Human Endeavour – How is science applied in our lives?

2.Biological Science – The study of living things

3.Physical Science – The study of matter and natural forces

4.Chemical Science – The study of chemistry

5.Earth and Space Science – The study of our planets and their environments.

How this will look at JHPS?

At John Henry Primary School, science will be a hands-on experience. Your children will learn largely through experimentation and physical experiences. Especially in the early years, students will be learning through practicality rather than through dense theory.

No concept will be ‘dumbed down’ for anybody. It is not my job as a science teacher to sink to a lower level – it is my job to elevate each and every student to a higher level of understanding. This starts with using the correct vocabulary in the classroom at all times.

Term 1 – Environmental Science 

This is a ‘fair weather’ subject, where I would like to have students learning in the environment being studied. Topics covered will include but are not limited to:

  • The weather
  • Habitats and biomes
  • Natural disasters and their impacts on life
  • Sustainability
  • Energy and its uses

Term 2 – Chemistry

As the weather is likely to be turning poor this term, and chemistry lends itself to the ‘lab’, this is an obvious choice. Your children will be learning about and exposed to:

  • The basic elements of life
  • The periodic table of the elements
  • Atoms and their structure
  • Different states of matter
  • Chemical reactions

Term 3 – Physics

Again, as physics can be studied completely indoors (although not ideal), physics will be a ‘wet weather’ subject. Students will have the following learning opportunities and more:

  • Natural forces (gravity, inertia, momentum etc.)
  • How matter interacts with the world
  • The properties and behaviour of light
  • The properties and behaviour of sound
  • How heat and energy behave in the real world

Term 4 – Biology

My personal favourite subject and one I have an immense passion for. Ideally taught outside amongst the environment. In biology, your children will learn the following topics:

  • The structure and function of body parts (arms vs fins etc.)
  • The interaction of living things and their environment (ecology)
  • Animal life cycles
  • Taxonomy
  • Genetics
  • How living things survive