Blakeney, Pillowell and Walmore Hill Community Schools' Federation

Curriculum - Science

'Somewhere something incredible is waiting to be known'

Carl Sagan

Science has an ever increasing importance in day to day society and at our schools we aim to encourage and foster a love for the sciences (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) in all our learners.

By allowing them to raise questions and investigate the world in which they live, we strive to develop curiosity, enjoyment, skills and a growing understanding of scientific knowledge in all of our pupils.

As a result, children gain a solid scientific knowledge and understanding as well as developing the skills necessary for testing and investigating.

Science inspires a curiosity in children. They develop perseverance, problem solving and critical thinking. Our quality of teaching aims to engage, enthuse and excite young enquiring minds.

At our schools we are privileged to be positioned in a unique environment that enables learners to have a hands-on and first-hand experience of a local environment. We provide as many opportunities as possible to experience science in the wider world: STEM Awards Ceremony, Fun Science Clubs, STEM Robotics Clubs, Forest School Experiences, School trips (Aerospace and We The Curious), Special Science based Assemblies (hosted by parents of the school and outside agencies) and Annual Whole School Science Weeks.

National Curriculum Expectations

PRIMARY national Curriculum – Science

Progression of Skills

Progression in Biological Understanding

Progression in Chemistry Understanding

Progression in Physics Understanding

Working Scientifically Progression of Skills

Science in the Early Years

Understanding the World (UW) is one of the four specific areas of learning in the EYFS framework. It involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology, and the environment.

Through different types of play, active, and experiential learning opportunities as well as practical activities, children will be provided with meaningful experiences. These will stimulate their senses as well as encourage them to ask questions, explore and wonder at their environment. They will undertake investigations that engage their interests, and develop awareness of the beliefs and views of others.

National Curriculum for Science

The National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop an 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
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future