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St Clare's Catholic Primary School

With Jesus we learn to love and love to learn


Why do we teach Science at St Clare's School? 


At St Clare's, we want our children to develop their questioning skills; understand how Science can shape their future and further their higher order thinking. We intend to ensure all children are exposed to the concept that Science is about understanding natural phenomena. We aim to stimulate children’s curiosity to find out why things happen in the way they do. It also satisfies their curiosity with knowledge. Science links direct practical experience with ideas and so can engage learners at many levels. It teaches methods of enquiry and investigation that involve developing and evaluation explanations through experimental evidence and modelling. This is a spur to critical and creative thought. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way science will affect their future on a personal, national and global level.

The aims of science teaching are to enable children to:


  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics


  • Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them


  • Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.




Mission Statement

With Jesus, we learn to love and love to learn

Our Vision

To give every child a sense of belonging, so that they have a safe and stable base from which to develop and learn.

To enable every child to grow academically, socially, morally, spiritually and culturally in the knowledge that they are loved by God and can feel safe and valued within our school community.

To nurture and support children through their primary school journey so that they are confident and well equipped  to progress into the wider world as strong, independent learners and thoughtful, caring individuals.

Our Values








Our Intent

At St Clare’s we are passionate in ensuring that our children see the possibilities that Science can bring them in their future and careers they may wish to pursue. We believe that every child can develop their exploration, investigative and higher order thinking within science through creating opportunities within the curriculum and through high quality teaching. Furthermore, we aim to raise the profile of science through Science Capital for our children and providing insight to how science relates to the real world in order for our children to see themselves as scientists. 


  • Implementation of a science curriculum through Cornerstones that is progressive throughout the whole school (EYFS through Understanding the World-Year 6)
  • Topics focused on the knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum, taught over a two-year rolling programme, across all classes including those with mixed age groups, so that children have the opportunity to achieve depth in their learning.
  • Science is taught in weekly lessons in KS1 and KS2
  • Scientific enquiry is built into topics to ensure links to the knowledge and skills the children are developing
  • Children are taught how to use resources safely and appropriately.  Teachers decide, based on the age and stage of their classes, which resources are appropriate for the children to use.
  • Teaching supports our children with questioning and higher order thinking



  • Children are enthusiastic scientists
  • Ask questions independently
  • Explore confidently to find answers
  • Are able to retain and use scientific vocabulary
  • Develop higher order thinking skills
  • Children can express how science may be used in their future careers
  • Understand how science aligns with real life jobs