Science Curriculum

Year 3 visit to Winchester Science Museum

Intent in Science

  • develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about the natural world
  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics through, where possible, investigation and first-hand experience
  • 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
  • be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future

We aim to do this through practical investigations and outside trails. A particular method we use is ‘Post-it Planning’ to ensure the children understand the concept of planning for a fair test and are able to identify the different variables.

Science Demonstration

Science Curriculum

The Priory School follows the National Curriculum programme of study. This has been organised in the following way:

Science Progression of Knowledge

Plan, Do and Review

We have identified the following key knowledge, which we will use to assess the children’s progress.

Working Scientifically

Science knowledge is important, but this goes hand in hand with working scientifically and these skills have to be developed over time. At least once in each unit, children are encouraged to plan and carry out an investigation or fair test, focusing on a different skill each time.

‘Working scientifically’ includes observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources. 

Year 6 working on their science trails