‘The Science of today is the technology of tomorrow’

Edward Teller


At Knutton, St. Mary’s Academy we aim to prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world.  We want the children to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.  Through the programmes of study children will acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group, as well as the application of scientific skills. 

Through the teaching of ‘Working Scientifically’ key skills we aim to foster a curiosity within our children about the world and a respect for their environment.  We want children to apply their knowledge of Science when using equipment, conducting experiments and building arguments. We want them to be able to explain concepts confidently and continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings.


Pupils develop an understanding of how subjects and specific skills are linked to future jobs.

Here are some of the jobs you could aspire to do in the future as a Scientist:
  • Aquatic vet
  • Astronaut
  • Animal researcher
  • Marine biologist
  • Helicopter mission control
  • Weather presenter

For more careers, please visit First Careers.


Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in science. Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves the following;

    • Curriculum subjects are linked together and taught in a topic approach. 
    • Science is linked with DT and ICT under the heading ‘Exploration and Discovery’. 
    • Science is taught in a block of lessons which enables children to gain a deeper understanding of the Science topic.    
    • Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills to test and find the answers.
    • The key vocabulary for each unit is taught at the beginning and revisited throughout the unit. 

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      • Children will achieve age related expectations in Science at the end of their cohort year
      • Children will develop a curiosity about the world around them and be able to pose their own questions
      • Children will work practically to investigate, find the answers and extend their understanding
      • Children will be able to build on prior knowledge and link ideas together
      • Children will retain knowledge that is pertinent to Science within a real life context
      • Children will have a richer vocabulary which will enable them to articulate their understanding of taught concepts.