School Logo


A special message from Mrs Dearman!

I am very proud to announce that St Mary's has been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark. This award recognises and celebrates the provision of science in our school. I would like to say a huge thank you to our children, staff and wider community, as they have all played an important role in earning this achievement. The profile of science has been raised and is a subject to celebrate! Well done to everyone! 


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


Weather and seasonal changes

(ongoing unit)


Animals including humans


Working scientifically investigations



Living things and their habitats




Animals including humans


Working scientifically investigations


Rocks and soils

Forces and magnets

Animals including humans (yr2 topic)

Animals including humans





Plants (yr3 topic)

Teeth and digestion

(plus animals inc humans from yr3)


States of matter


Living things and their habitats


Earth and Space



(plus some objectives from yr4 states of matter)

Living things and their habitats

Animals including humans







Animals including humans  (circulation)


Living things and their habitats (Classification)

Animals including humans (yr5 topic)

Evolution and inheritance /

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!

Photo Gallery

Will the balloon pop?

Still image for this video

Popping Canisters!

Still image for this video

Fun with a hair dryer!

Still image for this video

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. 

Useful documents
Useful Websites