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Science - Scientific Enquiry

To ensure that there is a depth to our curriculum we have an ongoing  focus for Science. 

As part of this focus, each class from Pre-School to Year 6 focus on Scientific concepts, content, vocabulary, knowledge and practical skill acquisition. We arrange a number of activities each term where children can apply Scientific Enquiry.

At the end of the term, depth (Chris Quigley Statements) and breadth (National Curriculum End Points) are assessed using analyse tasks and pupil conferencing. 

Other areas of the National Curriculum will also be taught in conjunction with Science.

In 2022 - 2023, the school will be gaining evidence for the Primary Science Quality Mark - PSQM.  

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 in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations. 
  • Excellent scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.
  • High levels of originality, imagination or innovation in the application of skills.
  • The ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts.
  • A passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies.



Our pupils should be able to organise their knowledge, skills and understanding around the following learning hooks:

Work scientifically


  • Understand plants
  • Understand animals and humans
  • Investigate living things
  • Understand evolution and inheritance


  • Investigate materials


  • Understand movement, forces and magnets
  • Understand the Earth’s movement in space
  • Investigate light and seeing
  • Investigate sound and hearing
  • Understand electrical circuits

These key concepts or as we like to explain them to children – learning hooks, underpin learning in each milestone. This enables pupils to reinforce and build upon prior learning, make connections and develop subject specific language

Vertical accumulation of knowledge and skills from Years 1 to 6


Through the explicit teaching of the Scientific Knowledge, both the teachers and the pupils assess their learning continuously throughout the lesson. At the end of the unit, pupils use conferencing and an analyse task to reflect on their knowledge and understanding.

Our assessment systems enable teachers to make informed judgements about the depth of their learning and the progress they have made over time. 

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