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St Patrick's RC Primary And Nursery School

"I come that they may have life and have it to the full"

Lee Street, Oldham, Lancashire, OL8 1EF

0161 633 0527

  2. Curriculum
  3. Science


We nuture and develop children's natural curiosity about the world around them by providing a rich, stimulating science curriculum. 

Our pupils come to us with a wide variety of experiences of the world around them and it is our job to build upon and enhance these experiences and help them to make sense of them through developing their scientific knowledge and skills.

We follow the National Curriculum for science at St Patrick's.  You can view the programme of study by clicking the link below:

National Curriculum for science

The National Curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Working Scientifically

Science is a way of thinking that helps us to learn about the world around us.

We equip children with an understanding of how scientists know things and how they  find things out.

We teach them the skills they need to think and work scientifically: classifying, testing, observing and measuring, using data, asking and answering questions and communicating.  

For more information on what children do in each year group, click here:

St Patrick's Working Scientifically Progression of Skills

Knowledge and Conceptual Understanding

We build knowledge of:

Living things: the processes that keep them alive and how they can be classified

Materials: how they make up everything in our world, the properties we use to describe them and how they change

Physical processes: heat, light, elecricity, magnetism, forces and about the earth in space.


At St Patrick's, we have  broken down the National Curriculum objectives into smaller steps that build children's knowledge and vocabulary over time.  Where the National Curriculum gives schools choices, we have specified exactly which choices we have made to suit the needs of our children. 

If you would like a copy of this more-detailed information for your child's class, please contact the school office.

Knowledge is important at St Patrick's.  We revisit previous learning and use quizzes and other retrieval activities regularly to ensure children do not forget what they have learned.  This also allows teachers to assess children's progress.

We know that good scientific understanding is more than just lists of facts.  We develop understanding and help children to make links between things that they know using a wide range of activities. 

Lessons involve 'hands on' exploration; questions and discussion; experiments and enquiries; teacher demonstrations; videos; books and articles and art work.   We finish each topic with an elaboration activity where children celebrate and apply their new learning to a project in science or in a different subject area such as English, Art or Design Technology.