Science

Overview

Children are naturally curious and science at St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School nurtures this curiosity and allows the children to ask questions and develop the skills they need to answer those questions.

Science experience is presented to the children in a practical, relevant context. The pupils investigate problems, learn how science works and discover why science matters in the world. The science learning is fully embedded in our creative curriculum (Cornerstones) topics (wherever possible). Systematic enquiry, analysis of problems, formation of ideas, their testing and modification are encouraged through whole class, group or individual investigations and project work. 

Aims 

The National Curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils: 
- Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.  
- Develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.  
- Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.  

Areas of the science curriculum 

Working scientifically (KS1&2):

This area of science is taught through all the other areas to ensure that children have greater exposure to a range of enquiry types. That they will recognise when the various forms of enquiry are taking place, so they will ultimately be able decide for themselves which type to use in order to tackle the question they are investigating. It is important to see the opportunities for skill development in the various types of enquiry. Decisions on how to go about the investigation, how to collect data and present results are just a few of these.

Year Group Topics

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Plants

 

Animals including humans

 

Everyday materials

 

Seasonal changes

All living things and their habitats

 

Plants

 

Animals including humans

 

Everyday materials

 

Plants

 

Animals including humans

Rocks

Light

Forces and magnets

All living things and their habitats

 

Animals including humans

 

States of matter

 

Sound

 

Electricity

 

All living things and their habitats

 

Animals including humans

 

Properties and changes of material

 

Earth and space

 

Forces

All living things and their habitats

 

Animals including humans

 

Evolution and inheritance

 

Light

 

Electricity