St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School

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Todholes Road, Cleator Moor, Cumbria, CA25 5DG

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St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School

Together we are growing in God's love

"The important thing is to never stop questioning." Albert Einstein

At St. Patrick’s, we believe that science is fundamental to developing curiosity and problem solving. The Science curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity in children about our universe and promotes respect for the living and non-living. We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. We believe that a child, who asks questions and is curious to test their ideas, will become a lifelong learner.

Our Curriculum Structure

Our science curriculum has been designed to reflect the needs of all our learners, as well as following the National Curriculum. Through evaluative and strategic practice, we have established a meaningful curriculum that allows our pupils to develop their scientific knowledge and investigative skills. We develop skills over the years so that children in UKS2 can plan and conduct their own investigations and are prepared for transition to secondary science education. We enrich our learning by taking it outside the classroom; such as visiting Whinlatter forest, local opticians and Science museum in Manchester. We have held science competitions, science shows, science careers fair and learnt about the work of historic/current famous scientists.

Subject content

The science curriculum is taught in topics in line with the National Curriculum requirements, using PLAN planning for assessment guidance. We have a progressive curriculum that is designed to aid learning through a sequencing of concepts – for example, using models to demonstrate the key principles of scientific knowledge and the development of investigative skills.  We develop scientific vocabulary progressively over the years. Effective, ongoing assessment is used to identify strengths and needs and is swiftly acted upon to accelerate learning for all. Cross-curricular learning opportunities are used to allowed depth of understanding; for example, reading about famous scientists in Literacy,  using electrical circuits in DT  and using data handling mathematics skills to analyse experimental data.


Progression in working scientifically skills

Working Scientifically symbols

To support our children's understanding of key concepts, we use these scientific enquiry symbols that are used in conjuction with the science curriculum. Through linking a symbol to the type of investigation, our children are able to swiftly grasp what it means; because the same symbols are used throughout school, this enables them to develop a deeper understanding of them.

Medium term planning

Science topic planning is created using the same planning format, ensuring all the different types of scientific enquires are included.  Over the unit, working scientic skills are planned in to develop skills and assess progress.  Knowledge required is planned and taught to enable pupils to explain their findings from investigations.  

Medium term plans are being developed and will be added below soon.

Early years

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Year 1

 Y1 Animals inc humans MTP.docxDownload
 Y1 Plants MTP.pdfDownload
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Year 2

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 Y2 Living things and their habitats MTP.pdfDownload
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Year 3

 Y3 Animals inc. Humans MTP.docxDownload
 Y3 Forces and Magnets MTP.pdfDownload
 Y3 MTP Light.docxDownload
 Y3 Rocks and Soils MTP.docxDownload
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Year 4

 Science MTP Animals inc humans.docxDownload
 Y4 Sound MTP.docxDownload
 Y4 States of Matter MTP.pdfDownload
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Year 5

 Circulatory System MTP.pdfDownload
 Y5 Earth and Space MTP.docxDownload
 Y5 Forces MTP.pdfDownload
 Y5 Properties and changes of materials MTP.docxDownload
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Year 6

 Evolution and Inheritance MTP.docxDownload
 Science MTP Light.docxDownload
 Y6 MTP Electricity.docxDownload
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Science museum of London presents FORCES

Our learning in Science

Science Careers Day Friday 27th January