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Science Curriculum

Science is a way of thinking which leads to a way of working, helping the children to understand more about the world around them. The question “why?” must play a key role in the children’s science teaching and learning. Practical activities are normally the best medium for understanding Science. Systematic inquiry, analysis of problems, formation of ideas, their testing and modification are encouraged through whole class, group or individual investigations and project work, designed to awake the children's natural curiosity.

At St Mary’s our aims in teaching science are:

  • to develop knowledge and understanding of important scientific ideas, processes and skills and relate these to everyday experiences;
  • to learn about ways of thinking; and of finding out about and communicating ideas; and
  • to explore values and attitudes through science.

A weekly 60 minute lesson is taught in Year 1-6. EYFS is used for children at the foundation stage. Children are taught in mixed ability classes and also in mixed age classes. The Curriculum is planned to avoid repetition between years. All pupils work within their stage of development and are taught as a class, in groups and individually.

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Science Day

Once a year, we have a ‘science day’ where the children spend the whole day carrying out a range of exciting experiments and investigations in their phases. This hands-on approach to science is also continued throughout the year within classes. 

Science Club

KS1 children also have the opportunity of joining a weekly science club, where they take part in a range of exciting activities and experiments, from studying the school pond to assembling electrical circuits. 

The primary National Curriculum documents and policies for Science