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St Mary’s C of E Primary School

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Science Curriculum Overview

Intent: Our Science curriculum provides the foundations for understanding the world, through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Children will learn how Science has changed our lives and continues to do so. We will inspire the development of a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena in our pupils and they will be encouraged to understand how Science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

The Big Ideas: Through investigation, observation and explanation children will understand and learn about different aspects of Science. Different types of Scientific enquiry will help them to answer Scientific questions about the world around them.


  • Key vocabulary will be pre-taught, revisited and extended as children progress through the year groups. This will ensure technical terminology  is used accurately and precisely.
  • Children will be taught new knowledge and concepts to help them understand the world around them.
  • Investigations will be undertaken to help the children to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
  • Children will be given the opportunity to apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data.
  • Children will be given the opportunity to undertake scientific enquiry through: observing over time; pattern seeking and predicting; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources.

Impact: By the end of their time at St Mary’s School, children will be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the world they live in, how it continues to evolve and the impact of scientific innovation upon it.  Children will have developed a secure knowledge from the three strands of science.