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Science Curriculum

Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils will be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of sensible explanations and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.

Science is taught discretely once a week in one hour sessions for years 1-6 and EYFS is used for children in the foundation stage. At this early stage pupils are introduced to science through play and their own discoveries but also more structured play based activities. Opportunities for science are also developed through our topic based work and wider school experiences such as trips. Pupils are taught in their own class and across the school there is a mixture of straight year groups in KS1 and some mixed age classes in KS2.

Aims

Science teaching will offer opportunities for children to:

  • 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 enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
  • Be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future
  • To generate an excitement about the world around them and making their own discoveries.
  • To enable pupils to express themselves using a variety of scientific vocabulary.
  • To be able to use and apply their skills in other curriculum areas.

Teaching and Learning

In order to provide the children with active and stimulating learning experiences, a variety of teaching and learning opportunities are adopted:-

  • Children may work individually on a task, in pairs or in a small group, depending on the nature of the activity.
  • Wherever possible practical ‘real’ investigations are used to introduce concepts and reinforce learning objectives.
  • As the children develop their science knowledge they will be encouraged to investigate their own questions and present their findings.
  • Activities are planned to encourage the full and active participation of all pupils.
  • Teachers differentiate tasks throughout the lesson in order to meet the needs of all abilities. 
  • Teachers place a strong emphasis on correct use of scientific language; this is supported by key vocabulary being displayed.
  • Teachers value pupils’ oral contributions and create an ethos in which all children feel they can contribute.

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St Mary’s Catholic Primary School is the trading name of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School (Academy Trust), Swindon, registered in England and Wales under 07697658, registered office Bessemer Road East, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 1PE