Science curriculum intent:

The 2014 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 skills required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Whilst the National Curriculum, in its entirety, will provide the framework around which the Science Curriculum at St Adrian’s will be structured, it is our intent to offer a curriculum that makes provision for:

  • pupils’ natural curiosity to be encouraged and nourished so as to foster a sense of awe and wonder at the limitless beauty and diversity of the world and beyond;
  • Stimuli  which challenge the pupils to ask questions;
  • engagement and relevance to the pupils;
  • opportunities for children to hone the generic skills of collaboration, independence, research, and reflection;
  • pupils to regularly employ the key scientific skills of making predictions; planning experiments; making observations; taking measurements, presenting data and drawing conclusions based on the results;  discussing the limitations of their empirical findings; and conduct experiments with due regard for safety;
  • the acquisition of the scientific knowledge and skills stipulated in the National Curriculum;
  • opportunities to refine and build upon existing skills and experiences;
  • equipping the pupils for secondary school education and setting them on the road for life-long learning;
  • empowering the pupils to make a positive difference to their community and to society in general.

Our school Science curriculum map:

Autumn SpringSummer
Animals, Including Humans Year 1 - Science ResourcesPlants - Year 1-2 / P2-3 Science - This Term's Topics - Home Learning with  BBC Bitesize - BBC BitesizeWeather and seasons - BBC Teach
Year 1Animals including humans; Ourselves PlantsMaterials and Seasons
Plants - Year 1-2 / P2-3 Science - This Term's Topics - Home Learning with  BBC Bitesize - BBC BitesizeHabitats – Year 1-2 / P3-4 Science - This Term's Topics - Home Learning  with BBC Bitesize - BBC BitesizeMaterials - KS1 Science - BBC Bitesize
Year 2 Animals including humans and Plants HabitatsMaterials
Rocks, soils and fossils - KS2 Science - BBC BitesizeScience - Animals including Humans - Skeleton and Muscles Word Mat -  GrammarsaurusLight - Year 3 Science Resources
Year 3 Magnets and Rocks Animals including humans and PlantsLight
Electricity - Year 3-4 / P4-5 Science - This Term's Topics - Home Learning  with BBC Bitesize - BBC BitesizeStates of matter in KS2 | Learning about solids, liquids and gases in  primary school | TheSchoolRunFamous Scientists For Kids | Cool Kid Facts
Year 4 Electricity and SoundHabitats and States of MatterScientist and Inventors
Year 5 Code the Solar System – St. Martin's C of E Primary schoolForces - Year 5-6 / P6-7 Science - This Term's Topics - Home Learning with  BBC Bitesize - BBC BitesizeTerm 5 Overview – Shinewater Primary School
Year 5The Solar System
and Earth
Forces and MaterialsCircle of Life (Life cycles)
Evolution and Inheritance | Science | KS2Year 6 Classification - starting to use keys | Teaching ResourcesThe Theory of Evolution (by Natural Selection) | Cornerstones Education -  YouTube
Year 6 Evolution and
Habitats (Classification) and LightScientist and Inventors

National Curriculum for Science in Key Stages 1 and 2

Relationships and sex education


As you may be aware Relationships Education has become statutory for all primary schools from the summer term of 2021. For all schools, Sex Education as part of the Science curriculum remains the same. In light of upcoming changes to requirement for relationships and sex education (RSE) we are now consulting with parents, governors and staff on how we can make sure our RSE curriculum policy meets the new requirements as well as the needs of our children.

Our timeline

Week beginning January 25th 2021 – Parent information published

February 1st – February 28th 2021 – Consultation open

March 1st 2021- RSE working group consider matters arising from consulation

From week beginning March 15th – Updated parent information published


Provide feedback here: Parent survey and comments


Statutory government document

Parent portal to the school’s scheme of work

St Adrian’s Catholic Primary School Curriculum

Children at St Adrian’s follow the National Curriculum. However it is our intent to wrap the statutory National Curriculum in a series of interconnecting, overlapping and enriching experiences that will deliver a broad and balanced curriculum.

Click this link for a presentation on The St Adrian’s Catholic Primary School curriculum

An overview of the curriculum for each subject at St Adrian’s can be found by following the links in the menu to the right.

The content of our school curriculum in each academic year for every subject can be found by clicking on the appropriate button below. This information may also be found by following the curriculum info link on each of our class pages.

Year 1 Curriculum overview
Year 3 Curriculum overview
Year 4 Curriculum overview
Year 5 Curriculum overview
Year 6 Curriculum overview

Online safety

We all want our children to benefit from a great resource like the internet but keeping children safe online is one of the big challenges facing us today. That’s why schools and parents need to work together to help educate our children about how to be safe online.

Use the following link to our guide to begin exploring a wealth of information, resources and advice on what we can all do to keep children safe online. We hope parents will find them useful. Remember, it is never too early to start thinking about online safety and well-being.