‘The important thing is to not stop questioning; curiosity has its own reason for existing’

Albert Einstein


Science lessons in school are based around our very own science principles which were developed with staff during PSQM. These principles are at the heart of our science planning so that we provide children with fun and memorable lessons. We ensure that lessons include lots of practical elements where children are provided with opportunities to work scientifically and carry out investigations. We endeavour to make science lessons thought provoking and inspiring so that children are inquisitive and ask questions to further their own learning – therefore developing their scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding. We also try to link the teaching of science to real life so that it is relevant and where possible, make cross curricular links.

We utilise a range of resources to make the lessons engaging and we plan in visitors and trips to bring science alive as well as having good links with two local secondary schools. Children are provided with opportunities to use the five different types of scientific enquiry and have access to a wealth of science resources from our well equipped science cupboard which is regularly replenished. Children enjoy using different resources and we teach them to use equipment independently. Children are also given opportunities to then suggest their own enquiries which helps to develop their questioning skills, initiative, independence, teamwork and leadership. By doing this, it helps them develop an understanding of scientific methods, and helps them to answer questions about the world around them.

Lessons are inclusive using things like ‘odd one out’ activities that everyone can access. Word banks are used to support learners and we use a variety of different ways to record our learning e.g. through drama, DT / art links in the use of modelling. Lessons feature challenges to extend the children’s knowledge and to explore deeper thinking so all children are equipped with the skills required to understand science of today and the future.

Through this curriculum, we aim to provide all the children with the educational, social and cultural capital to which they are entitled.

Science is a subject which is enjoyed by many, often because of the practical element. The children and staff are appreciative of the science visits, visitors and links with secondary schools that we provide. We know this from the teachers’ verbal feedback and from the children’s comments and engagement and pupil voice activities. Parents comment about school trips and some react to photos of things such as science workshops on the school’s Twitter and Instagram feeds.


The science curriculum has been developed within the school over a number of years and has really improved since the school took part and achieved the PSQM which recognises the importance the school places on science. Science is taught in age phase teams on a 2 year rolling programme to ensure correct coverage. We use progression grids to ensure we know what has previously been taught and where the topic leads to, so that we can build upon children’s prior knowledge. Where possible we make cross curricular links such as analysing data, presenting our findings in graphs / tables (maths) acting out how the solar system or digestive system works (drama).

Lessons are planned in teams, using our science principles and a range of resources such as Kent, ASE, Plan science. We ensure that the children are exposed to the 5 different types of scientific enquiry. Staff make use of prior learning and knowledge by checking our progression grids when planning the teaching sequence. We also use things like KWL grids to build on prior learning and use strategies like weekly reviews to recap key learning and vocabulary as well as quizzes to check understanding.

As Science leaders, it is vital that we keep up to date with any developments within science. We therefore attend science cluster meetings and training and feedback to staff although, since covid, there has been less of these. We also have good links with secondary schools so that we can smooth the transition between primary and secondary science.

We work alongside Millthorpe School and have had opportunities for our UKS2 children to attend science workshops in their labs. As well as this, we have worked closely with York High School, used their planning and often borrow their resources to enhance our lessons. As a school, we achieved the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) which recognises our dedication to the subject. 

Our Science subject leaders are Angela Skidmore and James Field

Please contact them for further information.

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