Being a Scientist:

Being a Scientist is:

  • using different approaches to explore ways to make sense of the world above us, around us and below us.
  • showing curiosity, asking questions, carrying out experiments, making observations and testing hypotheses to gather evidence to help us reach conclusions.
  • observing carefully, measuring accurately, communicating clearly.
  • through the teaching of biology, chemistry and physics, developing an in-depth scientific knowledge and understanding.
  • understanding the way science will affect our lives now, and in the future, on a personal, national, and global level.

Learning science encourages me to think critically and solve problems which will help me in the rest of my life in and out of the classroom.


At St. Mary’s we ensure that science stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It also satisfies this curiosity with knowledge and progression of skills. Because science links direct practical experience with ideas, it can engage learners at many levels. Scientific method is about developing and evaluating explanations through experimental evidence and modeling. This is a spur to critical and creative thought. Through science, pupils understand how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change – impacting on industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. Pupils recognise the cultural significance of science and trace its world-wide development. They learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world.

The intent which we have based our curriculum upon is for our pupils to:

  • Retain and develop their natural curiosity of the world around them;
  • Develop positive attitudes towards science and the impact of science in the world today;
  • Build on the progression of scientific knowledge and understanding relating to the programmes of study outlined in the National Curriculum;
  • Develop their skills of scientific investigation including generating questions, planning fair tests, careful observation and interpreting and evaluating evidence;
  • Effectively communicate scientific information through a variety of methods;
  • Develop their understanding of how to work safely.

SCIENCE Intent Document