The intent of the science curriculum at St Mary’s Primary School is to inspire and develop our children’s natural sense of awe and wonder about the world around them. Science is an integral part of our lives and it is our vision to instil in each child a lifelong love for Science and a continuing awareness and understanding of their surroundings by creating opportunities for children to see science in the everyday and careers associated with science.
We teach science through a themed approach where key skills are revisited and built upon regularly. We have a focus on vocabulary when teaching science as we aware that we are a multicultural and diverse school. Many of our lessons are taught through scientific investigation where children practise the skills of pattern seeking, research, comparative and fair testing, observing over time, identifying, classifying and grouping. In KS2 particularly, the children are encouraged to have ownership over their learning and independently use these skills throughout science lessons. This helps children to ask scientific questions, hypothesis, develop and evaluate explanations by collecting and evidence using critical and creative thinking. When children leave St Mary’s our hope is that they can think and act like scientists.
Children are guided to ask questions in an exploratory style and to engage in science in the local area to make learning memorable. We are fortunate to have Battersea Park and Battersea power station close by, we take regular trips there across the year groups using them to look at different stem projects as well as plants and animals in the park and seasons. All science teaching follows the National Curriculum and covers the scientific areas of biology, chemistry and physics. (See our Science Curriculum Road Map). Where we can, we make links to other areas of the curriculum too, especially Maths, ICT and English. All children, regardless of their abilities or needs, will have access to the Science Curriculum with supporting resources.
We hold an annual Science Week which is in line with the British Science Week and may include workshops, science visits and visitors to support the theme for the week. We take part in stem competitions and promote a range of scientists, their theories, careers and the impact their lives have had on the world.
To see an overview of the implementation of key skills and knowledge taught in our science lessons, see our progression maps. Further information and planning can be found on our Foundation Subjects Year Group Curriculum Map.
The impact of our science curriculum is that our children attain highly and progress well as they take away a deep understanding of science content and scientific method.