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Science Curriculum

Science Curriculum:


At St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School, we believe that children have a natural curiosity about the world and enthusiasm to want to make sense of it. We aim to provide our children with the opportunity to build their science knowledge through having first-hand experiences- such as using and exploring our local environment and testing children’s ideas through investigation. Following on from this, the children use secondary resources such as books, videos and visits to reinforce and broaden their knowledge. This policy supports our mission statement to ‘Educate and help children to follow the way of knowledge’



The school uses the Twinkl scheme of work for science as the basis of its curriculum planning, this is a two-year cycle which ensures that the children have coverage of all the scientific objectives for key stage one and key stage two.


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.