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Our Vision

Through hands on, high-quality science teaching, children work collaboratively to discuss their ideas using scientific vocabulary. We aim to help our pupils understand how major scientific ideas have played a vital role in society and recognise the achievements of men and women, from a range of disciplines, both past and present.

Moreover, we aim to prepare our pupils for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world, through memorable experiences. 

By the end of their primary schooling, our children will have key concepts embedded in their long term memory and have a desire and passion to continue asking questions.

Our Principles

Working with staff and children we have created 6 principles which are at the heart of science at St Mary’s.

‘We are learners’

 

Both children and staff are continually learning, gaining knowledge and deepening our understanding of science. We enjoy being challenged and having our achievements recognised.

 

‘We are engaged’

 

Teachers provide ‘wow’ moments to engage and enthuse us in our science work. School trips and outside visitors, inspire our learning.

 

‘We are hands on’

 

At St Mary’s our teachers understand the excitement of practical investigations and value their use in our lessons. We are encouraged to lead our own experiments and use a range of resources.

‘We ask questions’

 

We are keen to find out about the universe around us and about scientists who have contributed to our society. We ask questions to deepen our understanding and aren’t afraid to challenge other people’s views.

‘We apply and share our knowledge’

 

We share our science with our parents and carers through the school website, class blogs, homework and open evenings. We are able to apply our knowledge to familiar contexts out of school.

‘We are talkers’

 

 

We recognise that talk is a vital part of science. We know that we can talk freely and that our thoughts are valued. We use scientific vocabulary confidently.

Implementing our Principles

At St Mary’s, teachers plan and deliver high-quality and engaging science lessons incorporating a range of teaching and learning styles.

 

Teachers will provide opportunities for pupils to:

  • Learn about science, where possible, through first-hand practical experiences
  • Engage the children’s interest using ‘wow’ opportunities (including outside visitors and school trips)
  • Encourage discussion and the sharing of ideas through focused activities
  • Plan and carry out investigations with an increasing systematic approach as they progress through the school
  • Develop their questioning, predicting, observing, measuring and interpreting skills
  • Record their work in a variety of ways e.g. writing, diagrams, graphs, tables
  • Read and spell scientific vocabulary appropriate for their age
  • Be motivated and inspired by engaging and interactive science displays which include key vocabulary and relevant questions
  • Learn about science using the outdoor learning environment, including our own forest school.
  • Develop their research skills through the appropriate use of secondary sources;
  • Work collaboratively in pairs, groups and/or individually

 

CPD opportunities are provided for staff to develop their subject knowledge and improve their classroom skills, in order to have the maximum impact on the children. 

Overview of Topics (catch up schedule)

Year group

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

1

Weather and seasonal changes

(ongoing unit)

Materials

Animals including humans

Plants

Working scientifically investigations

 

2

Living things and their habitats

 

Materials

Plants

Animals including humans

 

Working scientifically investigations

3

Rocks and soils

Forces and magnets

Animals including humans (yr2 topic)

Animals including humans

Plants

 

Light

4

Plants (yr3 topic)

Teeth and digestion

(plus animals inc humans from yr3)

Electricity

States of matter

Sound

Living things and their habitats

5

Earth and Space

Forces

Materials

(plus some objectives from yr4 states of matter)

Living things and their habitats

Animals including humans

(puberty)

 

6

Electricity

 

 

Animals including humans  (circulation)

Light

Living things and their habitats (Classification)

Animals including humans (yr5 topic)

Evolution and inheritance /

STEM Week (wc 28th Sep)

This week the children are undertaking lots of STEM based activities. Mrs Dearman created a STEM assembly explaining all about the 4 strands - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. (Ask your children if they can remember the different type of engineers!)

 

As part of the assembly, we looked at an Italian scientist called Fabiola Gianotti. As a girl she wanted to be a ballerina but as an adult she has had a successful career as a scientist. Fabiola currently works as the head of C.E.R.N - the European Organisation for Nuclear Research and is in charge of over 3000 scientists! She believes that everyone should follow their dreams - something that we certainly agree with at St Mary's!

 

Awe and wonder

We understand how children benefit from outside visitors and this week we have had a visit from the Professor Bubbleworks group. Take a look below at some of the photos from the workshops. There were lots of excited noises coming from the school hall! It has been fantastic to hear and feedback from children (and staff) has been very positive! It looks like Mrs Dearman will be purchasing an airzooka to add to our science resources!

 

Whole school Investigation

Each class is undertaking an experiment using biscuits! Yum!

The focus might include:

 - How many dunks will a biscuit last for?

- Does the thickness affect the biscuits performance?

 - Will a biscuit with a higher sugar content, dunk better than a lower one?

 - Will savoury biscuits dunk better than sweet ones?

 

Keep an eye out for what we find out! 

 

As well as this, each class has been undertaking lots of other STEM activities. E.g. Year 4 have been busy creating their own toothpaste, Year 2 looked to see who could make the longest paper chain and Year 5 found out more about female scientists in history. We've also been fortunate enough to watch videos sent in by parents and carers, telling us about their STEM based jobs. They have certainly been very inspiring! Thank you to everyone who sent a video in. 

 

Will the balloon pop?

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Popping Canisters!

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Fun with a hair dryer!

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Knowledge Mats

Below you will find documents showing you the key information that children are expected to know by the end of a science unit. This is sometimes referred to as 'sticky knowledge'. As well as key concepts, children are expected to know and use vocabulary associated with each unit of study. 

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