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St. Mary’s Catholic Academy
part of the Painsley Catholic Academy

Love and Serve

“Every individual will develop knowledge, skills and understanding with confidence and belief to take in life's journey. Together we will excel, love and serve through the Catholic Faith without limitations.”

Science

 

 

Science is given a high priority as a core subject. It is recognised as an active, practical subject and children are encouraged to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding through first-hand experience where ever possible.

 

Key Stage 1  

In Reception and Key Stage 1, science is generally integrated into a topic approach.

 

Areas of Subject Knowledge:

Over the course of key stage 1, pupils will cover the following scientific units:

  • Plants
  • Animals, including humans
  • Everyday materials
  • Seasonal Change
  • Living things and their habitats

 

Areas of Working Scientifically:

Within key stage 1, pupils will cover the following practical scientific methods and skills:

  • asking simple questions
  • observing closely, using simple equipment 
  • performing simple tests 
  • identifying and classifying 
  • gathering and recording data

 

 

Key Stage 2

 Science is approached through separate science themes.

Lower Key Stage 2

 

Areas of Subject Knowledge:

Over the course of lower key stage 2, pupils will cover the following scientific units:

  • Plants
  • Animals, including humans
  • Rocks
  • Light
  • Forces and magnets
  • Living things and their habitats
  • States of matter
  • Sound
  • Electricity

 

Areas of Working Scientifically:

Within lower key stage 2, pupils will cover the following practical scientific methods and skills:

  • asking relevant questions
  • using different types of scientific enquiries
  • setting up simple practical enquiries
  • making systematic and careful observations and taking accurate measurements
  • using a range of equipment
  • gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data
  • reporting on findings from enquiries
  • using results to draw simple conclusions
  • identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes 

 

Upper Key Stage 2

 

Areas of Subject Knowledge:

Over the course of upper key stage 2, pupils will cover the following scientific units:

  • Animals, including humans
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Properties and changes of materials
  • Earth and space
  • Forces
  • Evolution and inheritance
  • Light
  • Electricity

 

Areas of Working Scientifically:

Within upper key stage 2, pupils will cover the following practical scientific methods and skills:

  • planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions
  • recognising and controlling variables 
  • taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment
  • recording data and results
  • using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests
  • reporting and presenting findings from enquiries
  • identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments

 

 

 Mrs Arden, our Specialist teacher delivers the science curriculum in Years 4, 5 and 6.

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