St Walburga's Catholic Primary School

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St Walburga's Catholic Primary School

A Voluntary Academy

Science: Subject leader - Miss Broadwith


Science helps you to understand the world around you through the specific areas of biology, chemistry and physics. It can be used to explain what is happening, predict how things will behave, notice changes and suggest reasons for them through developing key enquiry skills. It gives you the power to cultivate  a sense of excitement and curiosity about your body, your world … and beyond! 


The national curriculum states that all children develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics; develop 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. Children are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Content is delivered through 6 week topics and driven by our ‘I can’ statements. These statements are a consolidation of the national curriculum for each year group and each topic. They are used to guide teaching and inform assessment. Each half term the children focus on a key question which drives an enquiry lesson. These enquiry skills are developed through independent practice and guided support when required. Ownership over these developing skills equips children with the scientific rigour required to understand and use today and in the future.

Impact :

The guided scientific exploration appropriately levelled for each child, forms logical, questioning and adaptable scientists. Through modelling of questioning, prediction and conclusion writing, the children become independent, thoughtful and enthusiastic scientists engaged and interested in the world around them. Support is determined during each lesson to ensure secure understanding, accelerated learning and deepened understanding based on the needs of each child. By the end of their scientific journey through school, children should feel emboldened to explore, question and experiment with independence and take a lead in their own learning.

Below are the medium term plans that set out the sequence of lessons and track the enquiry skills and working scientifically focus for each unit.

Example 'I can' grids for each year group to support teachers with differentiation and assessment and the learning journey to guide the children through the unit and engage children with what is coming up in each lesson.