St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Walking hand in hand with Jesus

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
Lawton Avenue, Carterton, Oxfordshire OX18 3JY

Mrs Amanda Cross

01993 841240


The primary essence of the Curriculum is to develop the whole child socially, physically, as a person to include their health and fitness, cognitive and creative skills.

The curriculum map is based on the National Curriculum and Assessment based on the Rising Stars Progression Framework.

Coverage is linked to our topic themes to encourage a strong cross curricular element and to make learning purposeful.

The Science Curriculum aims to ensure that all students:

  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science inquiry that help them to answer specific questions about the world around them
  • Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science both today and for the future
  • To increase the Science capital in all spheres of our influence; school, home, out of school and everyday


COVID-19 Science Recovery Plan Autumn 2020- Please click here

Science Curriculum Knowledge - Whole School Coverage 

Science Progression of Skills - Whole School Coverage





St Joseph's STEM in the NEWS

So excited to share with you all that we have been mentioned in the two newspapers seen below as well as being featured on the RAF Brize Norton Gateway 360 Magazine and a CAFOD Northampton blog online.  The Gazette shares our school achieving the PSQM award as well as the RAF supporting us to develop our STEM skills.  We were also features in the CAFOD Northampton online blog demonstrating our cross-curricula understanding.  Here is the link to read the blog.

We are very grateful to all these outside teams that teach us new and exciting STEM knowledge.

RAF Brize Norton Social Media

March 2020   




A very big well done to the Science Ambassadors and Prefects for hosting a LIVE SCIENCE ASSEMBLY!!!!!

As you are probably aware we are encouraging all the children to enter the Science Competition at St Joseph's.  We are linking to The EarthSHOT Prize, which is the collaboration between Prince William and Sir David Attenborough.  We are asking the children to design, and/or come up with any Climate Saving ideas and to then draw or write it on an A4 piece of paper during this half term.  These are to be given to Mrs Henderson when we return back to school, by the 3rd of November 2020 as we have Catherine Stormonth, a Climate Change Activist from CAFOD joining us for a virtual assembly.  It is at this assembly that she will give 2 prizes to KS1 and 2 prizes to KS2, for an idea  that may solve this crisis the most effectively.  All the details of our competition and an entry form can be downloaded from the link just below this information.  Even a small idea can result in a big change!!!

We will then enter all the ideas to the EarthSHOT Prize as they open their entries on the 1st of November.  Please click on the links below to learn more about the EarthSHOT Prize. 



Our school Science Ambassadors seen here, in the images on the slide, presented a LIVE Science Assembly to the school. They reminded us of the GLOBAL Climate Crisis we all face and how Sir David Attenborough and Prince William have launched the EARTHSHOT prize as one of the solutions to the global concern.  We had an internal school competition and then sent our ideas to Kensington Palace.  Please see the letter we received from them below. 

October 2020

    St Joseph's Science Vision



Schools Awarded Primary Science Quality Mark

Primary Science Quality Marks have been awarded to 200 infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.  So far, since its national launch in 2010, over 4000 schools across the UK have achieved a prestigious Primary Science Quality Mark.  

The Primary School Quality Mark programme ensures effective leadership of science, enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning. Schools that achieve PSQM demonstrate commitment and expertise in science leadership, teaching and learning.


The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in collaboration with the Primary Science Teaching Trust.

Read the feedback here!  




Wow we learnt so much about reptiles, their habitats, their growth and many of our opinions about them as a species was changed.  They don't choice to harm us, we just need to respect them and not threaten or scare them if we come across them in the wild. 

November 2020



3D printers

We learnt all about 3D printing from the engineering students.  We investigated the form and structure of the 3D objects that had been printed, a few details about the technology we could use to print 3D objects. What a fantastic resource we have at school. Thank you Ms Donaldson and engineering students for supporting our learning.

 January 2020



STIXX - RAF Halton visit

We thoroughly enjoyed learning about engineering and construction.  What would ensure a sturdy upright structure?  Thanks so much to RAF Halton for providing this learning opportunity for us.

November 2020


Brian Beaker, our Science Mascot, visits the classes to find out what the children think a Scientist is ...

January 2020


Working Scientifically in Chestnut

Investigating States of Matter.

Does Air have weight?  How can we prove that is does or doesn't?

How does Oobleck's state of matter change and why?

Even during Lockdown we have enjoyed working scientifically at home exploring the investigating different states of matter. We know we need to record our findings and then draw conclusions from our investigations.  Please see our work on the slide below. 

January 2021 


 SCIENCE CLUB   2020-2021

Our Science club runs bi-weekly in the Year 5/6 Class by Mr Foster.  We have had to limit the numbers because of COVID but they have throughly enjoyed the activities and investigations.  


STEM Day at Abingdon and Witney College

March 2020


 STEM Assemblies in school - 2020

We enjoy communicating our Science learning to the rest of the school.  Then we can all grow and benefit from others Science understanding even if we are not covering that topic.     



Working Scientifically in Maple.

Determining the absorbency of materials and then recording their findings.

Which material absorbs water and why?

How can we prove this?

Some of us have been using a variety of science equipment when we are in school during Lockdown.  We have learnt how to use the equipment effectively to draw conclusions from our investigations. 

January 2021


Our families SCIENCE CAPITAL is growing look what we learn about on DOJO

regular updates

Fish Keeper Fry


Science Yearly Planner 2020-2021


Oxford University Chemistry Outreach

November 2019

        Eco-Rangers Trip to Clevedon Pier

September 2019


Owl Pellet Dissection

November 2019


  • Oxford University Chemistry Outreach Team 
  • Owl Pellet dissection and classification 
  • Fish Keeper Fry
  • Eco-rangers Beach Clean
  • Brian Beaker - Science Maskot
  • Identifying, classifying and pattern seeking animals 
  • Science Invention Competition
  • Pig Heart dissection
  • Visiting Carterton Community College Science Labs
  • Cooking - Eating Healthy
  • Growing Plants for Town Council Open Gardens


    SCIENCE Week 2020


SCIENCE Week 2019

2019-2020 Completed Science Yearly Planner

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