Science gives pupils the opportunity to study things and try to figure out patterns or rules to explain how they work. Across all year groups scientific knowledge and skills should be learned by working scientifically.

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Core Learning

  • To work scientifically
  • To understand and investigate the living world
  • To understand and investigate materials
  • To understand and investigate physical processes such as light, the solar system, forces and electrical circuits.

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Characteristics of a Scientist:

  • The ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that it brings.
  • Confidence and competence for example when planning and carrying out scientific investigations.
  • Good scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.
  • Having original imaginative ideas and being able to apply skills.
  • The ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork.
  • An interest in science and its application in past, present and future technologies.

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Using and Applying English and Maths within Science:


Demonstration of skills taught within focussed English lessons such as

  • Debates, discussion of theories and hypotheses, written reports and presentation of results.


Demonstration of skills taught within focussed Maths lessons such as

  • Accurate measurements and use of different measures.
  • Analysing results.
  • Data handling eg. How many different species are found within a set area of woodland?

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Teachers set high expectations for every pupil. They plan challenging work to enable all pupils to make good progress regardless of their academic ability or background. We expect all children to make good progress albeit from different starting points.

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