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St Nicholas of Tolentine Catholic Primary School

Where charity and love are, God is there


At St Nicholas of Tolentine, we encourage children to be inquisitive throughout their time at the school and beyond. The Science curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity in children about our universe and promotes respect for the living and non-living. We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes.


Throughout the programmes of study, the children will acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group which has been developed in accordance with national curriculum expectations. Key scientific skills for working scientifically are also mapped for each year group and are progressive throughout the school. The programmes of study are representative and inclusive; children are taught about key people in the field of science and engineering who represent the broad diversity of our school community,


Through high quality teaching, children are able to acquire key scientific knowledge through practical experiences; using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently. We take into account the school’s own context, ensuring access to people with specialist expertise and places of scientific interest. Children are encouraged to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings and a love of science is nurtured through a whole school ethos and a varied science curriculum.


Science vocabulary progression