Science – curriculum information

At New Pastures Primary School we aim for our curriculum to be engaging, purposeful and fully inclusive to every child.

We fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Science, providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum and endeavour to link science to class topics whenever possible. Where this is not possible science is taught as a discrete subject.

As our world is rapidly evolving we recognise the importance of science as a vital part of our curriculum.


• We aim to link science to our wider curriculum which helps our pupils to make connections and to fully immerse themselves in their learning.

• To stimulate and excite pupils` curiosity about events in the world around them and satisfy this with knowledge

• To engage and excite learners by linking direct practical and personal experiences with ideas

• To develop and evaluate explanations through investigations and practical experiments.

• To encourage our pupils to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, the society they live in and the future of the world.

• In Key Stage 1 pupils will observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and physical phenomena.

• In Key Stage 2 pupils will build upon the scientific knowledge gained in Key Stage 1, learning about a wider range of living things, habitats, materials and physical phenomena


• Out of school visits and visitors are often used as hooks to engage our children – e.g. visits to space centre- owl man

• Where possible science is used as a stimulus for reading and writing activities, providing purposeful writing opportunities and allowing children to write for a real purpose and audience. This engages and excites our learners.

• Pupils will use a range of reference materials to find out more about scientific ideas and help them answer questions. In lessons they begin to evaluate evidence and consider whether tests or comparisons are fair. They share ideas and communicate them using scientific vocabulary, explanations, drawings, charts and tables with the help of ICT if it is appropriate.

• Pupils are encouraged to work scientifically, investigate key questions, ask questions, make links between ideas and explain things using simple models and theories. During investigations they apply their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas and present it in a variety of ways. Pupils are encouraged to think about the effects of scientific and technological developments on the environment and in other contexts. They make suitable predictions and carry out more systematic investigations, working on their own and with others.

• In KS2 a 2-year rolling programme is taught across lower and upper key stage two to ensure all units are covered. In Y3 and Y3/4 during Year A, all year 4 science units are taught and in Year B, all Y3 science units are taught. In Y5/6 and Y6 during Year A, all Y6 science units are taught and in Year B, Y5 science units are taught.

In the mixed Year 4/5 class a bespoke curriculum is delivered from a mixture of previously missed science units from the Year 3 and Year 4 curriculum. Year 5 science are also taught when appropriate. This is evaluated and re-planned on a yearly basis in consultation with the science co-ordinator.

• In KS1 a 2-year rolling programme is taught across Year 1 and Year 2 to ensure all units are covered. KS1 operate a different two-year programme to KS2. In Year A in Y1 and Y2 all year 2 science units are taught and in Year B, all Y1 science units are taught.

• In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 teaching is carried out under topic headings using a Learning Challenge / cross curricular approach. Science is mainly taught through cross curricular links with other subjects, although Science lessons may stand alone if the Science to be taught does not link to the text led topic.

• At New Pastures special consideration is given to planning for mixed-age classes. Class teachers carefully plan out the units of study for the year based on the previous year’s learning and will use a dedicated science week to teach any content that pupils’ have missed to prevent gaps in learning from appearing. Class teachers ensure that all objectives for their year groups are taught.

• All classes plan for progression in science skills and knowledge and use a progression document to ensure children are developing their understanding.


• Through our cross-curricular approach children will have a richer vocabulary which will enable them to articulate their understanding of taught topics.

• Children enjoy and are enthusiastic about science. At the end of the academic year most children will achieve age related expectations in science.

• Children are taught a range of topics and there is evidence of the curriculum coverage for all science topics. Pupils’ will acquire the appropriate age-related knowledge linked to the science curriculum as well as skills which help them to equip them within their everyday life.

• Our Science Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. There is a clear progression of children’s work and teacher’s expectations.

• Our pupils’ will be able to work collaboratively and practically to investigate and experiment. Throughout their time at New Pastures children will be able to ask scientific questions and explain their understanding of concepts.

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