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Making a Pinhole Camera

How to make a pin hole camera from an old cardboard box, some tape and some tracing paper or plastic sheet.

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St Mary's has the Primary Science Quality Mark. The Mark is awarded to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.



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.


Working scientifically

  • 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.

Some exciting science challenges to try at home.

Look at our school principles for Science teaching and learning.