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Science at St. James

Welcome to the Science area of our website!

The subject leaders for Science at St James' are Mrs Brown and Mrs Malik.


The three aims of our Science curriculum at St. James Lower Darwen are:

  • to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • to develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through different types of scientific enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science today and for the future.


Snapshot of Science

The children have enjoyed taking part in another whole school science investigation following the success of the whole school investigation last year (The Egg Drop Challenge).

This year each class were asked to investigate the question 'Do taller people have bigger shoes?'.  Each class gathered, recorded and presented their findings in different ways, revealing some interesting findings!

Children in Reception class had an amazing time trying to answer the question, 'how do polar bears stay warm?’ Armed with a bucket of icy, cold water, a latex glove and finally a straw they conducted an investigation.  The children were mesmerised by the findings and had lots of fun bringing science to life!

This term year 1 have been learning about animals and a visit from the Chorley Hedgehog Rescue Centre enabled the children to ask questions and develop their scientific understanding of animals. They thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the role of the rescue centre volunteers and loved learning lots of facts about our prickly friends!

Year 4 have been exploring electrical circuits and will be using their new skills to make an illuminated sign as part of their Design and Technology project.

Fun was also had further up the school as Year 6 children conducted an experiment standing on their heads to help show how the circulatory system works!