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Science at St Mary's

At St Mary’s Academy, Walkey, our vision is for every child to actively engage in the Science curriculum through a creative approach that is supported by the Cornerstones curriculum and is further enhanced by STEM projects and projects linked to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. By engaging in a process of observing, questioning, doing and understanding we aim to foster the view that science is relevant, fun and something which all pupils can participate in.

We encourage pupils to be inquisitive throughout their time at the school and beyond. The Science curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity in pupils 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. Throughout the programmes of study, the pupils will acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group, as well as the application of scientific skills. We ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are built-on and developed throughout pupil’s time at the school so that they can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently and continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings.

Please see our Intent, Implementation and Impact Document for more information.

The Curriculum


Below is the progression document for geography which outlines the skills, knowledge and vocabulary pupils will be taught in each year group. We deliver Science through our 'topics' to give the learning context.

Please read our Science Policy for more details

See the National Curriculum for further details. 

Read 'Our Curriculum' document for more details on the curriculum objectives. 

Science Concepts


Science Passport



Each year at St Mary's, all pupils receive a 'Learning Passport'. This passport contains all of

the skills and knowledge that they will learn that year. It also has all of the skills and

knowledge they have covered in the past. Teachers refer to this passport regularly and pupils

view it frequently to ensure 'sticky knowledge' is developed- this means that pupils are quickly

recalling what they have already learnt so skills and knowledge can be built on each year. 

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