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St Mary's Catholic Primary School

St Mary's Catholic
Primary School


Science Week 2021

To celebrate Science Week, all children at St Mary's took part in the same investigation - Can larger hands pick up more beads? It was wonderful to see children thinking like scientists - predicting what might happen, creating fair tests and plotting their results in a variety of ways. You can take a look at what we did in the Book that I have created to share our investigation. Well done everyone! - Mr Cook

Statement of intent:

At St Mary’s we aim to provide a high quality science curriculum which provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. All pupils should be taught essential scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding which can be demonstrated in written and verbal explanation, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings. We develop the ability for pupils to think independently and ask questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills it brings. Pupils will gain confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, planning and carrying out scientific investigations. We endeavour to create a passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies.

“Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.”

Rosalind Franklin

The subject leader for Science is Mr. Cook.

Threshold Concepts

Threshold concepts are the ‘big ideas’ that shape students’ thinking within each subject. The same threshold concepts will be explored in every year group and students will gradually increase their understanding of them.

Work scientifically

This concept involves learning the methodologies of the discipline of science.


  • Understand plants

    This concept involves becoming familiar with different types of plants, their structure and reproduction.

  • Understand animals and humans

    This concept involves becoming familiar with different types of animals, humans and the life processes they share.

  • Investigate living things

    This concept involves becoming familiar with a wider range of living things, including insects and understanding life processes.

  • Understand evolution and inheritance

    This concept involves understanding that organisms come into existence, adapt, change and evolve and become extinct.


Investigate materials

This concept involves becoming familiar with a range of materials, their properties, uses and how they may be altered or changed.


  • Understand movement, forces and magnets

    This concept involves understanding what causes motion.

  • Understand the Earth’s movement in space

    This concept involves understanding what causes seasonal changes, day and night.

  • Investigate light and seeing

    This concept involves understanding how light and reflection affect sight.

  • Investigate sound and hearing

    This concept involves understanding how sound is produced, how it travels and how it is heard.

  • Understand electrical circuits

    This concept involves understanding circuits and their role in electrical applications.

Making a Pinhole Camera


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