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Science Curriculum

Science Curriculum:

At St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School, we believe that children have a natural curiosity about their world and the enthusiasm to want to make sense of it. We aim to provide our children with the opportunity to build their Science knowledge by having first-hand experiences- such as using and exploring our local environment and testing children's ideas through investigation. Following on from this, children use secondary sources (books, videos, and visits) to reinforce and broaden their knowledge.

 

The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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,
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

In Key Stage 1 and 2, lessons are planned using Twinkl scheme of work. This ensures that all topics are covered and enables progression through the year groups. Children have weekly Science lessons, with teachers following the scheme of work, but adapting lessons where necessary to suit the needs of their class and incorporating outdoor learning and investigation wherever possible.

 

The following topics are covered throughout Key Stage 1:

  • Animals, including Humans
  • Everyday Materials
  • Plants
  • Seasonal Changes
  • Living Things & their Habitats

 

The following topics are covered throughout Key Stage 2:

 

  • Plants                                     
  • Living Things & their Habitats
  • Animals, including Humans
  • Rocks                                      
  • Light
  • Electricity

 

  • Sound
  • Properties and Changes of Materials
  • Earth & Space
  • Evolution & Inheritance
  • Forces & Magnets

 

Throughout the children's topics, the teachers will provide opportunities for the children to use the outdoor learning facilities and the world around them to deepen their learning. 


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