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What is Science?

We believe that science is a natural and fundamental subject that permeates every aspect of our daily lives. In our school we want children to look at the world as scientists. We believe that science is a body of knowledge built up through experimental testing of ideas. Science is also methodology, a practical way of finding reliable answers to questions we may ask about the world around us. Science in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enables them to make sense of the world in which they live through first-hand investigation. We want the children to say what they think will happen, to use their five senses to describe objects and events, to sort, measure, to record ideas in a variety of formats and to say what has happened- and why.

‘A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.’ National Curriculum in England: science programmes of study, Department for Education, 2013

Our aims

Our aims in the teaching of science include the following:

•                    To prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world.

•                    To foster concern about, and an active care for, our environment.

•                    To help our children acquire a growing understanding of scientific ideas.

•                    To help develop and extend our children's scientific concept of the world.

•                    To develop our children’s understanding of the international and collaborative nature of science.


Science can, and should, foster a range of desirable personal qualities. This includes;

•                    Encouraging the development of positive attitudes to science.

•                    Encouraging curiosity and healthy scepticism to then build upon it and develop a scientific approach to problems.

•                    Encouraging open mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance and responsibility.

•                    Building our children's self-confidence to enable them to work independently.

•                    Developing our children's social skills to work cooperatively with others.

•                    Providing our children with an enjoyable experience of science, so that they will develop a deep and

      lasting interest and may be motivated to study science further.

•                    Respect for the environment.

•                    Critical evaluation of evidence.

•                    High expectations.

•                    Co-operation in team work and sharing of ideas.

•                    Satisfaction and enjoyment.

The Curriculum

The science curriculum at Haydonleigh is based on the National Curriculum objectives. We follow medium term plans which were developed in conjunction with QCA documents, Wiltshire Scheme of Work for Science and other commercially available books. The Foundation Stage Curriculum is used for planning at the Reception stage. This leads progressively into the KS1 curriculum.  Scientific enquiry skills are progressively developed through topic based work and discrete lessons.

The table below shows the topics explored in each year group. Where relevant appropriate cross curricular links are made;

Year Group

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6


Humans and Animals


Humans & Animals; Materials linked to stories

Light and Sound





Classifying  Materials







 Forces/ Electricity


 Changing materials

 Changing materials



Rocks and soils

Light & Sound

Earth & Beyond



Teeth & Diet

Humans & animals

Changing materials



Humans & Micro-organisms

Comparing & Classifying materials




Changing materials and Earth & beyond

Light & Sound

The Eye



Useful Science Websites

The following are sites that support the development of science understanding

The Great Plant Escape

BBC Science Clips

BBC Dynamo Lab

Natural History Museum

Channel 4 Science

BBC Digger and the gang

BBC Bitesize Science