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St James

Primary School

Where children shoot for the stars and shine


Science Intent

At St James Primary School, our children are SCIENTISTS! Our intent is to give every child a broad and balanced science curriculum which enables them to confidently explore and discover what is around them, so that they have a deeper understanding of the world we live in.


We want our children to love science. We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up wanting to be astronauts, forensic scientists, toxicologists or microbiologists! We want our children to remember their science lessons in our school, to cherish these memories and embrace the scientific opportunities they are presented with.


To achieve this, it involves exciting, practical hands-on experiences that encourage curiosity and questioning. Our aim is that these stimulating and challenging experiences help every child secure and extend their scientific knowledge and vocabulary, as well as promoting a love and thirst for learning.


At St James Primary School, we have a coherently planned and sequenced curriculum which has been carefully designed and developed with the need of every child at the centre of what we do. We want to equip our children with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the science National Curriculum but to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.



Science Implementation

At St James Primary School, science topics are taught within each year group in accordance with the National Curriculum.


  • Topics are blocked to allow children to focus on developing their knowledge and skills, studying each topic in depth.
  • Every year group will build upon the learning from prior year groups therefore developing depth of understanding and progression of skills.
  • Teachers promote enjoyment and foster interest of the scientific disciplines; biology, chemistry and physics.
  • Children explore, question, predict, plan, carry out investigations and observations as well as conclude their findings.
  • Children present their findings and learning using science specific language, observations and diagrams.
  • In order to support children in their ability to ‘know more and remember more’ there are regular opportunities to review the learning taken place in previous topics as well as previous lessons.
  • At the start of each topic, children will review previous learning and will have the opportunity to share what they already know about a current topic.
  • Children are given a ‘front cover’ at the start of each topic which details some key science curriculum information, topic facts and vocabulary. This is not used as part of an assessment, but to support children with their acquisition of knowledge and to be used as a reference document.
  • Opportunities for staff CPD ensures that our teachers are confident in their subject knowledge and teaching.  
  • To support teaching, teachers access a range of resources and planning from PlanBee.
  • Effective use of educational visits and visitors are planned; these enrich and enhance pupils’ learning experiences within our science curriculum.
  • Teachers use highly effective assessment for learning in each lesson to ensure misconceptions are highlighted and addressed.
  • Effective modelling by teachers ensures that children are able to achieve their learning intention, with misconceptions addressed within it.
  • Through using a range of assessment tools, differentiation is facilitated by teachers, to ensure that each pupil can access the science curriculum.
  • Children are given clear success criteria in order to achieve the learning intention with differing elements of independence.
  • Pupils are regularly given the opportunity for self or peer-assessment; this is used to inform planning, preparation, differentiation and address misconceptions within that lesson, or future lessons.
  • Cross-curricular links are planned for with other subjects such as English, mathematics and computing.
  • Our assessment tracker allows us to use data to inform future practice.




The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum supports children’s understanding of science through the planning and teaching of ‘Understanding the World.’ Children find out about objects, materials and living things using all of their senses, looking at similarities, differences, patterns and change. Both the environment and skilled practitioners foster curiosity and encourage explorative play. Children are motivated to ask questions about why things happen and how things work. Our children are encouraged to use the natural environment around them to explore. Children enjoy spending time outdoors exploring mini-beasts and their habitats, observing the changing seasons, plants and animals. Children regularly participate in cookery and baking sessions which allows them to experience changes in state as ingredients are mixed, heated and cooled.



Science Impact

The impact of this curriculum design will lead to outstanding progress over time, across key stages, relative to a child’s individual starting point and their progression of skills. Children will therefore be expected to leave St James reaching at least age-related expectations for science. Through various workshops, trips and interactions with experts, our science curriculum will allow pupils to become enthusiastic science learners and understand that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. We want to empower our children so they understand they have the capability to change the world. This is evidenced in a range of ways, including pupil voice, their work and their overwhelming enjoyment for science.



  • EYFS – science focus each half term
  • Topic knowledge organisers
  • Vocabulary word mats
  • Pre- and post-topic assessments
  • Science working walls/topic displays


Schemes of Work

  • PlanBee science scheme of work



  • Hands-on, practical experiments and investigations (Pic Collage used to ‘capture’ these)
  • Rapid recall activities to begin each lesson – retrieval to support knowledge retention; self-marking by pupils
  • Scientist studies
  • Science Week – science immersion day (Nurs-Y6)
  • Educational visits with a science focus
  • STEM activities at Shire Oak Academy for pupils in Y5/6
  • Outdoor experiences – Our Changing World

Science Long-Term Overview

Our Science Learning Journey at St James Primary School

Progression in Science at St James Primary School

If you want further information about the curriculum content your child is covering please call the school office to arrange an appointment to see the subject leader.