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Kidsgrove Primary School

Empowering Learners...Growing Minds

Science and Understanding the World

How is science taught? 


Our intention when planning and delivering the science curriculum  is to foster and develop our pupils’ curiosity in the subject, whilst  helping them to fulfil their potential. We aim to prepare our pupils for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world. Our intention of learning in science is taught through systematic investigations of the physical, chemical and biological aspects of their lives that rely mainly on first hand experiences, leading to them being equipped to answer scientific questions about the world around them. It is our intention that, through investigative science, pupils  will continue to deepen their respect for the natural world and all its phenomena, and increase their care and appreciation of it.


We aim to:

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




Each year group will cover six units per year. Scientific skills are identified for each year group using a skills progression designed using the National Curriculum. Sceince is taught as a discreete subject unless links can be made across the curriculum. The Foundation Stage will use a cross-curricular approach – teaching predominantly through the area: Understanding the World.



The progression of the children’s Science skills is continuously monitored by the class teacher. This is informed by the skills progression in the planning and assessment cycle.  Assessment of pupils is used when writing  annual reports to parents. Each class teacher has a Digital Camera or iPad to record any practical work that the children complete.