Science

We believe that Science stimulates and excites children’s curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It links direct practical experience with ideas, and therefore engages children's interest at many levels.

Through our Science curriculum, children use first-hand experiences and investigations to explore, discover and gain scientific knowledge. They are encouraged to investigate problems and answer scientific questions.

The children will be asked to learn and recall key information - facts and vocabulary - from their specific knowledge organisers. These can be found in the individual year group pages.

Children are taught to discriminate, classify, recognise relationships and select information from a variety of sources. They develop skills in hypothesising, testing and evaluating ideas, and communicating using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables.

We ensure that the ‘Working Scientifically’ skills are developed throughout their time in primary school so that children can use equipment, conduct experiments, build arguments and explain concepts confidently whilst continuing to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings.

Wherever possible, the science elements of the National Curriculum are taught in a cross-curricular way so that important links can be made with other subject areas in order to strengthen and deepen children’s knowledge and understanding.

A curriculum map sets out the learning topics for the year, as well as key texts and trips which will be used to support learning. The curriculum expectations have been identified as being the minimum requirements your child must meet in order to ensure continued progress throughout the subject. See the resources on the right for the progression of  Science through the school and the curriculum map.

Our Science curriculum results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world. Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first hand experiences of the world around them. So much of science lends itself to outdoor learning, so we provide children with opportunities to experience this. Our aim is to ensure that children’s learning in science will foster responsible attitudes towards the environment and all living things. Through various workshops, trips and interactions with experts, children have an understanding of the importance of science; how it has changed our lives and the important part it plays in the world’s future prosperity.

Relationships and Sex Education

In addition to the Science curriculum, which covers areas such as the life cycle, growth and development, children in Upper Key Stage 2 are offered a programme of Relationships and Sex Education. This is organised by Classteachers, and parents are invited to view the materials in advance. The programme is optional, as parents have the right to withdraw their children. However, we believe it is an important part of children’s education and strongly encourage participation.