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'Education for life in its fullness'


At St Mary’s, we believe science should form a major part of the curriculum developing a sense of enthusiasm and interest about the world in which we live. Our Science curriculum introduces our children to key concepts and skills through a range of exciting themes.

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Working Scientifically

Where we can, skills in working scientifically are at the heart of our teaching. Most recently, we have invested in a range of new practical equipment to help encourage children to explore areas of biology, physics and chemistry. We believe that opportunities for real and relevant practical activities are an essential part of the science curriculum. During lessons, children throughout school, right from their early years here are encouraged to ask questions and suggest ways to find the answers so that by the time they reach upper Key Stage 2 they are able to plan and carry out their own experiments independently or work with a small group.  Their mathematical and literacy skills are also supported through the measuring, recording and presenting of their investigation work.

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Knowledge and Understanding

Where knowledge and understanding units take a leading role, it enables children to explore the natural world around them, including in-depth awareness of plants, animals and humans. Materials are investigated, classified and grouped based on their properties and uses. The relationships between states of matter, including reversible and irreversible changes, form the basis of many exciting experiments. Class discussions take a leading role in all our lessons to help address any misconceptions or explore curiosity about the world of science. Our stunning outside environment is widely used to support much of this learning.

Assessment in Science

Assessment in science is used at the start and end of each unit to inform our current and future planning. Children will use ‘RAG’ system to assess their knowledge and understanding against the objectives before starting a new unit of work. These are then referred to during lessons and through marking; making children aware of the next steps in their learning in order for them to achieve further. Once the unit has finished, children will revisit these objectives and re-asses themselves based on their new understanding and knowledge. Knowledge and understanding of the subject areas is continuously assessed through questioning, marking.

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