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At St. Mary’s our Science curriculum supports the National Curriculum. Units are mapped across each year group, these being flexible in terms of time taken to rigorously cover the programmes of study and obtain the required knowledge. Supporting scheme, Grammarsaurus, provides the basis for our lessons but adaptations are made where required. Working Scientifically is interwoven with varying scientific enquiries and investigations taking place. TAPs resources are used to assess Working Scientifically skills, thus ensuring children’s knowledge is developed alongside the skill of working scientifically in a range of contexts. This provides appropriate repetition and reinforcement helping to ensure retention.

Alongside this is a further focus on key vocabulary, which has been mapped out for each year group and subsequent unit to be covered. This is to be displayed in the classroom, built upon whilst teaching, investigating, and reviewed yearly for retention.

A St. Mary's Scientist has:

- The ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that it brings.
- Confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations.
- Excellent scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.
- High levels of originality, imagination or innovation in the application of skills.
- The ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork.
- A passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies.

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