It is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree — make sure you understand the fundamental principles, i.e. the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang onto.

Elon Musk

Science Lead – Christine Smith


At St Mary’s our science curriculum is ambitious and gives all learners the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.

Pupils will: acquire scientific knowledge and skills, and the ability to apply them with confidence, independence, enjoyment and understanding.

A ‘can-do’ approach means that all children, regardless of their background, will achieve their full potential.


Using the National Curriculum as a basis for planning, teachers will develop schemes of learning to deliver topics, which builds on previous learning. A rich knowledge based curriculum will ensure that children learn more and remember more.  At St Mary’s, science is challenging and ambitious, which gives all learners the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. 

In Foundation Stage and Year 1 our practitioners develop the five aspects of scientific enquiry through continuous provision, facilitating and moving learning forward.. 

From Year 2-6 we break down the National Curriculum objectives into topics and then small manageable steps, which help children to understand scientific concepts. At St Mary’s, we believe that when children are taught a new concept they should have the opportunity to build on previous knowledge and use the five aspects of scientific enquiry to support their understanding.

Teachers use high quality texts, within lessons, to support learning and develop vocabulary acquisition. Tiered vocabulary is planned for and explicitly taught within science lessons.

Through rich continued professional development staff will continue  to develop the quality and effectiveness of modelling, questioning, marking and feedback to ensure that it maximises direct impact upon outcomes for children.


Pupils will be able to articulate what they have learnt, with confidence. Through excellent teaching children will become lifelong learners. Teachers have uncompromising aspirations for all pupils. Pupils will develop logical thought patterns, a desire to question, explore and reflect on their findings and conclusions and build firm foundations for future learning through scientific enquiry. 

Science through the year groups