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.


  •   to develop pupils’ enjoyment and interest in science and an appreciation of its contribution to all aspects of everyday life today and for the future.
  •   to build on pupils’ curiosity and sense of awe of the natural world
  •   to use a planned range of investigations and practical activities to give pupils a greater understanding of the concepts and knowledge of science
  •   to introduce pupils to the language and vocabulary of science
  •   to develop pupils’ basic practical skills and their ability to make accurate and appropriate measurements
  •   to develop pupils’ use of computing in their science studies.
  •   to extend the learning environment for our pupils via our environmental areas and the locality
  •   to promote a ‘healthy lifestyle’ in our pupils.

Other attitudes which teachers seek opportunities to develop are; the importance of curiosity, originality, co-operation, perseverance, open-mindedness, self-criticism, responsibility, independence of thinking and self-discipline. Science pervades every aspect of our lives and we will relate it to all areas of the curriculum. We will also ensure that pupils realise the positive contribution of both men and women to science and the contribution from those of other cultures. We will not only emphasise the positive effects of science on the world but also include problems, which some human activities can produce. 

Provision-Foundation Stage pupils investigate science as part of Understanding of the World. Children are encouraged to investigate through practical experience; teachers guide the children and plan opportunities that allow the children to experience and learn whilst experimenting for themselves. By careful planning, pupils’ scientific skills and knowledge gained at Key Stage 1 will be consolidated and developed during Key Stage 2.

Pupils in Key Stage 1 will be introduced to science through focused observations and explorations of the world around them. These will be further developed through supportive investigations into more independent work at Key Stage 2. The knowledge and content prescribed in the National Curriculum will be introduced throughout both key stages in a progressive and coherent way. Teacher support their planning using Collins Snap Science .