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Science at St Paul's  


The aims of teaching Science are to provide a high quality education that enables the foundations for an understanding of the world. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, our children are encouraged to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how Science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.


The Science curriculum at St Paul’s is varied and aims to be as exciting and practical as possible. Each year group studies a different Science topic each half term.


Year 1: Plants, Animals (including Humans), Everyday Materials, Seasonal Changes.


Year 2: Living Things and their Habitats, Plants, Animals (including Humans), Uses of Everyday Materials.


Year 3: Plants, Animals (including Humans), Rocks, Light, Forces and Magnets.


Year 4: Living Things and their Habitats, Animals (including Humans), States of Matter, Sound, Electricity.


Year 5: Living Things and their Habitats, Animals (including Humans), Properties and Changes of Materials, Earth and Space, Forces.


Year 6: Living Things and their Habitats, Animals (including Humans), Evolution and Inheritance, Light, Electricity,


Throughout their time at St Paul’s Catholic Primary School our children develop and hone their ability to work scientifically, using their practical investigations and learning to ask and develop questions, display data and information they have gathered and evaluate their own and others’ scientific working. Where possible we strive to link our Science to other area of the curriculum.


This ever-improving scientific working is also developed over the course of the school year through our longitudinal studies, which involve the investigation of real-life problems over a much longer period of time, enabling our children to explore changes and patterns in data and concepts.