St John’s Principles of Science Teaching


We believe that good science teaching should be:

  • based on a secure knowledge of the subject
  • engaging and creative
  • a mixture of practical and written work
  • have a strong real-life context
  • inspired by the questions that children have
  • be challenging


These principles of good science teaching were devised by the staff and were informed by the children of St John’s school, with help from the School Council.

Science Club | The Periodic Table (February 2018)

Today, we have had fun playing and learning using the Toca Elements iPad application. We have been using technology more and more at St John’s to help us with our science learning.

Discussing which process to subject their element to next.

The children in science club enjoyed subjecting the different elements to different processes.

If you would like to have a go for yourself, why not ask your parents/carers for permission to download the app?



Sometimes, in science, three heads are better than one.

VOCABULARY: (noun) A substance than cannot be chemically changed to a simpler form.

Science Club | Forces (February 2018)

We have tried to make a bubble inside a bubble and non-spherical bubbles. We found out that a non-spherical bubble was impossible to make because of the pressure of the gas pushing against the bubble wall.

We discussed how to carry out this experiment safely.

This was a fun test.

“Look at that!”

Year 6 girls at the moment of success!

Another fine success.

Year 3 boys managed to create a bubble within a bubble!


I wonder if any of our science club can make 3 bubbles within bubbles before next week.


Great science today everyone!


Science Club | Static Electricity (January 2018)


This term we have been using electricity in science club. We sorted out ALL of the electrical resources so that we can use them more efficiently in our club. We created circuits with working bulbs and buzzers. This week we have used static electricity to investigate the best way to collect Rice Crispies with a balloon.


Children investigate selected variables and record their results to find the best way to collect crispies.


We found that the best number of rubs was 4 and that the chair was the best at creating static electricity on the balloon.

We presented our findings to the rest of the group.

Year 3 girls take questions about their findings.