Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world

Louis Pasteur

What is the vision for science in our school?

At St Werburgh's & St Columba's Primary School, we want our children to receive a high-quality science education that provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and we endeavour at St Werburgh’s and St Columba’s that all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes, and uses of science. We want our pupils to have a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. We encourage pupils to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

What does our science curriculum offer to our pupils?

Our curriculum for science is carefully sequenced to build knowledge, skills, vocabulary and experiences which build on prior learning and enable pupils to make connections between ideas/their learning and the world around them through purposeful memorable experiences.

We also want pupils to have an appreciation of how important science is in our lives and aim to nurture a sense of fun and curiosity about the subject. 

What effect does our science curriculum have on our children?

As we encourage our children to be lifelong learners, we want to instil a curiosity of the world around them that will continue throughout their lives. We want the children to see science as being relevant to their world and applicable to everyday life as well as being something that they continue to develop through their school life and ultimately to the world of employment/and beyond. To that end, we aim to provide a high-quality, interrelated, and creative experience which is one that develops the children’s ability to question and think scientifically and one which allows them to apply the skills they have developed in a variety of ways. 

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Curriculum Unit Overviews

Below are a series of links to the units of work that the children will be exploring during each academic year. The document outlines the key objectives and vocabulary that the children will encounter during their learning.

Science Long Term Plans




Year 1 

Animals including humans

Everyday materials 


Seasonal Changes

Year 2 

Living things and their habitats 

Animals including humans 


Everyday uses of materials

Year 3/4  

Cycle A 

Animals including humans 

Forces and magnets 






Animals including humans 

States of matter 

Living things and their habitats

Year 5/6

Cycle A

Properties and Changes in Materials

Human Life Cycle

Earth and Space


Evolution and Inheritance

Scientists and Inventors

Cycle B 

Living things and their habitats 


Circulatory system and exercise 


Plants, pollination and life cycles 

Scientists and Inventors 


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St Werburgh & St Columba Primary School

Lightfoot Street

Tel: 01244 478968

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