St Mary's Catholic Primary School

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Science at St Mary's


Vision and Principles 





At St Mary's we strive for all our children to:

  • to enjoy science by ensuring that lessons are engaging and fun.
  • to ask questions about their world by building on their natural curiosity.
  • to develop their scientific knowledge and find answers through first-hand experience and practical investigations.
  • to ensure they are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to help take their learning further.
  • to have access to the language and vocabulary of science.
  • to develop their science capital.




Science is taught throughout the school in weekly lessons and is delivered by class teachers. The school follows the Kent Scheme of Work which covers 28 units of study linked to the National Curriculum and supports teachers with their lesson planning. Each of the units shows progression in the key scientific knowledge and concepts required from Year 1 to Year 6. Other sources may also be used to enhance the lessons in order to meet the needs of the children. The Kent Scheme of Work contains the most appropriate scientific vocabulary to be used when studying a particular area of science, a list of the scientists who are working, or have worked, in that particular area of science and practical activities to support the children's learning.  Children may be exploring, observing, predicting, collecting data, looking for patterns and drawing conclusions.

Progress is monitored by the SLT and Science Subject Leader through book looks to ensure consistency, progression, coverage and a balance between teacher-led and practical activities and moderation amongst year groups.




The children at St Mary's, including those with SEND or PP, are confident scientists who can talk about the investigations that they have undertaken. They can recognise the science around them and show an enthusiasm for science.


Children will know more, remember more and understand more about the curriculum. Children retain prior-learning and explicitly make connections between what they have previously learned and what they are currently learning.


Pupil voice is used to further develop the Science curriculum, through questioning of pupils’ views and attitudes towards Science, to assess the children’s enjoyment of science, and to motivate learners.


The impact of our Science teaching and learning can be seen in the work below....

Pumpkin Fun!

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