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St Anne's Catholic Primary School

"Love one another as I have loved you in our home, school and Parish family"



The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all St. Anne's pupils:

  • 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.

Curriculum statement for the teaching and learning of science

At St. Anne's Catholic Primary School, we are committed to providing our children with a curriculum which has a clear intention, is implemented to the highest standards and impacts positively upon their learning outcomes.

Read our whole school progression map here.

Additional Information for the teaching of Science at St. Anne's

We follow the Rising Stars., 'Switched on science' scheme. It  full coverage of the primary science programmes of study. Switched on Science provides access to all subject knowledge and working scientifically objectives in a range of contexts to support the embedding of these concepts and skills.


Teacher background information

At the start of each unit there is a section outlining the intentions for teaching and learning, including learning objectives (all of which are taken from the Programme of Study for Science (England), cross-curricular links, and background subject knowledge 


Getting started and thinking like a scientist.

Each Unit has a ‘Get started’ opener which provides ideas for eliciting prior learning from previous activities as well as personal experiences at home and in the locality. ‘Let’s think like scientists’ provides questions to the teacher or supporting adult to ask to encourage critical thinking and research, thus extending and challenging the pupils.


Learning Outcomes

The intention for each activity is clearly identified in the learning objective. This ensures that teachers and children know which skills and concepts are the focus for the activities. Subject leaders can be confident of curriculum coverage in each year group, ensuring progression through a coherent and carefully sequenced programme across the primary years.

Switched on Science assumes that teachers have high and equal expectations for all pupils and the programme is ambitious for all pupils. It also recognises that some pupils require additional support and offers suggestions where appropriate. Relevant and meaningful Switched on Science ensures that the science contexts are meaningful by setting content in a range of interesting contexts that are relevant to the pupils. It ensures that pupils relate the science they are learning to their own lives as well as working with contexts in the wider world. 

Click the year group below to see more detail about the progression and the coverage across the science topic for each year. Teachers will amend the planning, so those suggested will be adapted to suit our particular children. 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6