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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. 

Science Curriculum Map 2021-22


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 1

Use forest school throughout the year to look for evidence of different plants and trees

Seasonal Changes – ongoing unit

Everyday materials

Animals inc humans

(parts of the human body statements )

Everyday materials

Animals including humans (animal statements)

Everyday materials


Year 2

Use forest school throughout the year to look for habitats and plants

Plants (planning for and growing bulbs outside)

Everyday materials

(properties and uses of materials statements)

Animals, inc humans (basic needs and keeping healthy statements)

Everyday materials (changing shapes of materials statement)

Animals inc humans (off spring statement)

Living things and their habitats


Plants (harvesting and cooking)

Year 3

Throughout the year at forest school, look for evidence of plant life cycles

Animals inc humans

Rocks and soils Fossils

Forces and magnets


Plants (parts and their functions and investigating growth statements)


(life cycles statements)

Year 4

Throughout the year at forest school look at naming and identifying living things in the local environment

States of matter



Animals inc humans

Living things and their habitats

Year 5

Throughout the year at forest school, look for evidence of life cycles in plants


Earth and Space


Properties and changes of materials (property of material statements)

Properties and changes of materials (changes  of material statements)


Living things and their habitats

(life cycle and reproduction of plants statements)

Living things and their habitats

(life cycles and reproduction of animals statements)



Animals inc humans (puberty)


Year 6

Throughout the year at forest school, look for evidence of living things and their habitats



Animals inc humans

Living things and their habitats

Evolution and inheritance

Useful documents

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. 

Experiments for you to try at home!

If you love science, click on the link below. It will take you to our home learning page, where there are lots of activities for you to try!

Will the balloon pop?

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Photo Gallery

Popping Canisters!

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Fun with a hair dryer!

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Useful Websites