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Science Curriculum Statement


At St Bede’s Primary School it is our vision to distil a lifelong love of science within our pupils. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. We work hard to provide a rich and varied curriculum to challenge and meet the needs of our children. We believe all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. From EYFS up to KS2 our pupils will build up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts; pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. We provide our children with wider opportunities in science and make links with other subjects.


We maintain a high level of subject knowledge of science in our school by regular training and professional development. Teachers use assessment for learning to tailor lessons around our children and help us plan for next steps. In our school we encourage all pupils to use specific topic related vocabulary. Through effective teaching of science, we develop children’s knowledge and key skills during each topic. Regular monitoring shows that our children understand and apply key scientific principles within their work. In our school we have a rigorous monitoring system which is kept up to date and works towards our school improvement plan.


Our Science curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. Children enjoy and are enthusiastic about science in our school; their work shows a range of topics and evidence of curriculum coverage for all science topics. Standards in science at the end of the key stages are good and issues arising are addressed effectively in school. Our SLT and governors are kept up to date with developments in the way science is run in our school with action plans and review meetings.

Year 6 had a fabulous time testing different liquids for their pH at Newman School

   In the first week in November we held a Science week that focused on scientists that have helped shape the world in which we live in today. Year 1 learned about the palaeontologist  Mary Anning ;Year 2  learned about Charles Macintosh- the inventor of waterproof fabric;Year 3 learned about Marie Curie- whose discoveries paved the way for radiation therapy; Year 4 learned about Isaac Newton to support their work in Forces in class;Year 5  studied the life of Valentina Tereshkova -a retired Russian cosmonaut and finally Year 6 learned about Steve Jobs who was the chairman and co-founder of Apple. We held a Big Science Day on Thursday 7th November when we had a full day of science workshops run by  Professor Bubbleworks. During this day all the children  explored the wonder, importance and relevance of science through a whole school assembly and class based workshops.


Science is everywhere in St Bedes ...

Sim came in for a Bright Sparks Day

Jackson Kavanagh from Creative Science came into school to work with the whole school - to make science fun and creative!!

Year 6 visited the amazing Eden Rivers Wonder World Exhibition at Tullie House

Eden Rivers Trust came into school to talk about to look after the River Eden.

Year 1 are learning about the seasons.

Year 2 are learning about the seasons and are part of BBC Weather Watch.

The Year 2 Weather Stars had their picture chosen for the Look North Weather Bulletin - how exciting!

Yearly Overview - 2018 - 2019









Year 1


Seasonal Changes




Animals, including humans

Seasonal Changes



Seasonal Changes


Year 2


Seasonal Changes

Uses of everyday materials.



Uses of everyday Materials


Seasonal Changes


Seasonal Changes




Living things and their Habitats

Seasonal Changes




Year 3

Animals – Digestive system/skeleton/food chain

Teeth and Healthy





Rocks and Soils




Helping Plants Grow Well


Light and Shadows


Year 4


States of Matter






Magnets and Springs



Living Things and their Habitats


Year 5


Seed Dispersal




Earth and Space


Keeping Healthy






Year 6






Evolution and Inheritance



Properties and Changes of Materials




Life Cycles