“The important thing is to never stop questioning.”

- Albert Einstein

Our Goal

At English Martyrs Catholic Primary School, we encourage curiosity in our students about the world around them. Our Science curriculum helps children respect both living and non-living things while gaining knowledge, skills, and positive attitudes. Students will build and develop key knowledge identified for each year group, following the national curriculum and progressing through planned phases. Key skills are also developed systematically to meet national expectations.

We design our curriculum to ensure children learn scientific concepts through hands-on experiences like experiments and using equipment. We make sure to include experts and scientific places of interest to enhance learning outside the classroom. Cross-curricular links are also planned to make learning relevant. We nurture a love of science by encouraging children to ask questions and explore their surroundings.

How We Teach Science

Teachers create a positive environment for science learning, expecting all pupils to achieve high standards.

  • Review and Build: Each new unit starts with a recap of related knowledge from previous years, helping children connect new information with what they’ve already learned. We introduce key vocabulary with definitions and visuals to ensure understanding.
  • Assessing Knowledge: At the start of each topic, we assess what children already know to inform our planning. This process is documented in their Science books. At the end, children revisit the topic to see what they have learned, allowing teachers to reinforce any key knowledge that isn’t secure.
  • Problem Solving: We incorporate problem-solving opportunities in our lessons. Children ask questions and use their scientific skills to find answers, fostering curiosity.
  • Engaging Lessons: Teachers plan engaging lessons with high-quality resources, using precise questioning and regular assessments to ensure all pupils progress. Tasks are designed to challenge all learners and support inclusion.

We ensure skills and knowledge build progressively each year. As children’s understanding grows, they become more proficient in using scientific equipment, interpreting results, and drawing evidence-based conclusions. A ‘Knowledge and Understanding’ sheet in their Science books outlines the topics covered each year.

Working Scientifically

We integrate 'Working Scientifically' skills into lessons, developing these skills systematically over time. New vocabulary and concepts are introduced through direct teaching. A ‘Working Scientifically Butterfly’ in each pupil’s book helps monitor skill coverage.

Special Events

Events like British Science Week and Mars Day provide off-timetable learning, involving families and the community, to broaden science education and apply knowledge and skills.


Our approach ensures a fun, engaging, and high-quality science education, giving children a strong foundation to understand the world. By engaging with the local environment, children learn through varied, firsthand experiences. Workshops, trips, and expert interactions show children how science changes lives and its importance for the future.

Children learn about science careers through community links and national agencies, working with professionals and positive role models from various backgrounds. This exposure helps all children feel they can be scientists and achieve in the field.

Children at English Martyrs enjoy science, becoming motivated learners with a solid scientific understanding. Our science provision is recognized by the ‘Primary Science Quality Mark’ at ‘Gilt’ level.

Updated: 16/07/2024 123 KB
Updated: 16/07/2024 125 KB