St Jude's Catholic Primary School

St Jude's Catholic Primary School

"Together, we learn, love and grow with Jesus"



The teaching and learning of Science at St Jude’s aims to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them, whilst acquiring specific scientific knowledge, skills and understanding of scientific processes, and an appreciation of the uses and implications of science, today and in their futures.  

In order to reach their full potential, all learners are encouraged to work in science with independence and perseverance, encouraged to question the world around them and become confident in exploring possible answers for their scientific questions.  A range of scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each topic the children study, and these topics are revisited allowing children to build upon their prior knowledge which helps to embed it into the children’s long-term memory.

Enrichment opportunities are planned into the curriculum to provide memorable experiences that increase the children’s understanding of the world around them. To immerse the children in their scientific learning, cross-curricular links are made where possible.

Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught with specific ‘sticky vocabulary’ identified in each topic. Effective questioning is encouraged, with the aim of developing the children’s oracy skills, so that they may explain their understanding of scientific concepts with confidence and clarity. Concepts taught will be reinforced by focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions. In particular, children will be given opportunities to complete research in science, encouraging them to develop their reading skills with purpose.



Science is taught in discrete lessons and teachers create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms, reinforcing an expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards.  

Existing knowledge is checked at the beginning of each topic, as part of the KWL strategy (What I know, What I would like to Know and What I have Learned). This ensures that teaching is informed by the children’s starting points and that it takes account of pupil voice, incorporating children’s interests.

We promote enquiry and provide independent problem solving opportunities that allow children to apply their knowledge, and find out answers for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers. This curiosity is celebrated within the classroom. Planning involves teachers creating engaging lessons, often involving high-quality resources to aid understanding of conceptual knowledge. Teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills, and assess pupils regularly to identify those children with gaps in learning, so that all pupils keep up. Tasks are selected and designed to provide appropriate challenge to all learners, in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.

We build upon the knowledge and skill development of the previous years. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, they become more proficient in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.

Enrichment plays an integral part of our Science curriculum.  Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment, and the various Working Scientifically skills in order to embed scientific understanding. Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning and workshops with experts.  We understand that it is essential for our children to immerse themselves in their local environment to apply their learning practically to real-life situations.

Children are offered a wide range of extra-curricular activities, visits, trips and visitors to complement and broaden the curriculum. These are purposeful and link with the knowledge being taught in class.

We also expose children to famous scientists and discuss the effect they have had and continue to have on society.  Children are given the opportunity to research and present what they have found out and show their understanding of the life skills in which science provides and the impact that Science makes to our world.  Regular events, such as Science Week or project days, allow all pupils to come off-timetable, to provide broader provision and the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills, as well as celebrating scientists and the impact they have on the world around us.



As a result of the teaching and learning of Science at St. Jude’s, the following will be achieved:
• children who are engaged in their learning

• children who are confident to talk scientifically about their learning, relating it to their own experiences and the world around them

• children who confidently and accurately using scientific vocabulary in lessons and discussions 

• children who can independently plan and use appropriate methods of enquiry to answer scientific questions about the world around them

• children who can link new scientific knowledge and understanding to their previous learning

• learning that is tracked and monitored to ensure all children make good progress

At the end of Key Stages 1 and 2, we endeavour to ensure that the vast majority of our learners reach age-related expectations in their knowledge and understanding of science, as well as their scientific skills.

Science Subject Overview

Science Progression Map

Click on the links below to see medium term plans for year groups 

                                                             Autumn                                                                     Spring                                                                    Summer


Year 1                                          Animals, including Humans                            Seasonal Changes-Winter and Spring                                    Plants

                                            Seasonal changes- Autumn                           Everyday Materials                                                                  Seasonal Changes - Summer



 Year 2                                         Animals, including Humans                             Use of Everyday materials                                                  Living things and their habitats 

                                                                                Plants                                                                                    Animals, including humans     



Year 3                                          Rocks                                                                Plants                                                                                        Light          

      Forces and Magnets                                                                                                                                         Animals, including humans


Year 4                                          States of Matter                                               Animals, including Humans                                                    Sound 

                                                    Living things and their Habitats                       Electricity                      



Year 5                                        Earth and Space                                                 Properties and changes of Materials                                    Living things and their habitats 

            Forces                                                                                                                                                                  Animals, including Humans



Year 6                                          Animals, Including Humans                              Living things and their Habitats                                            Electricity 

                                                     Light                                                                                                                                                                   Evolution and Inheritance 

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