St Peter's CE School
St Peter's CE School


Science subject overview

Science intent: 


At St Peter’s, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. As one of the core subjects taught in Primary Schools, we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires. The Scientific area of learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry. It will develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence.



Science implementation:


Each lesson features a skill from the 'Working scientifically' requirements

from the national curriculum

-Displays: Vocabulary, pupils' work & photographs

- Enquiries - 5 minimum a year with - 3 practical investigations min. in an academic year - Autumn, Spring & Summer

- Other lessons within a unit must feature a skill from the 'Working Scientifically' requirements / investigative skill

- Support your children by using squared paper for drawing tables/graphs/charts etc.

-Please don't print tables/templates for them (use teacher judgement for which children need a printed table etc…) but we need to encourage children to do them.

- Please use rulers for drawing tables, graphs, charts and diagrams. Actually allow time to model this - we can't expect the children to be able to it.

- Scientific language should be displayed and adults need to model using it during lessons and practicals.

- Subheadings should be underlined with a ruler.

- Bullet points should be used to list.

Science impact:


  • Pupil’ responses to questioning in class
  • Pupil voice
  • Responses from termly full investigations

Science Week 2023 'Connections'

For this year British Science/STEM Week March 13-17th we all have done lots of fun and interesting activities linked to the theme 'Connections' (making connections between the children's lives and STEM).


On Monday KS2 joined over 100 schools for a virtual workshop on Animals and Insects. We heard from three different types of entomologists, who spoke about their backgrounds and how their job involves science. We learnt so many fascinating facts: how insects breathe, hunter wasps, aphids, the genome/DNA, and the range of ways and reasons scientists study insects. The children also were given the opportunity to ask some of their own questions.


On Tuesday the Year 3 and 4 children became architects and engineers designing their own paper bridges in teams. At the start we learnt about bridges and discussed what connections we can make such as materials, shapes, weather, habitats. They then built their own, but they could only use 5 pieces of paper, 5 pieces of tape and with a gap of 15cm. It was a really challenging, but creative, fun and practical lesson in which they learnt design, and teamwork skills. We later tested them to see which was the strongest.



Year 5 and 6 had a in school visit from a Microbiologist (Miss Livsey-Barne's dad) who told us all about: how his job makes a difference in the world, what he does in a lab and all the incredible places his job has taken him. They also learnt what transferable skills are needed to be a scientist such as teamwork, effetive communication and patience. The children were very inquisitive and interested- it was lovely to see!



Reception Spring Half term 2 - Animals Exc. Humans (London Zoo Visit)

We have had lots of engagement in our temporary Vet area where the children have been acting out bandaging and looking after lots of sick animals. This has been a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn about the job role of a veterinary and explore different tools that they use, such as veterinary stethoscopes, X-rays, scales and microscopes! In PE, the children have been learning to move like a range of animals, such as birds, snakes, monkeys and lions. They all participated with great enthusiasm and have shown confidence acting out the animals in character and moving in time to the music. Finally, Reception enjoyed seeing a range of animals and London Zoo. They saw tigers, gibbons play fighting, red ibis for Red Nose Day :), snakes, farm animals and loads more!

24.1.23 Year 2 - 'Animals Including Humans' - how to look after different animals research

26.1.23 Y1Animals, including humans - carnivore, herbivore or omnivore?


Year 5 and 6 Road To RIAT STEM Day

EYFS Science Museum Visit 23rd November 2022

Year 1 Visit to Wetlands Centre - Protecting the Environment, Living Things and Their Habitats

Year 3 Science (Forces) September 2022 - Enquiry Question: Do magnets need to be touching in order to be magnetic?

Year 6 Science (Animals Inc. humans) - Sep 22 - Enquiry Question: Does the resting pulse rate of children vary with age?

Year 1 - Science (Our Senses) September 22: Children learnt about the ear and how they hear then they went on a fun listening walk.

Year 5 Science - Summer 22 - Investigation (What makes a difference to how fast sugar dissolves in water?)

Year 2 Science (Living Things and Their Habitats): September 2022: Enquiry Question: What animals live in different micro-habitats in the playground?

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