Science at St Nicholas

We aim to…

  • To provide the opportunity for all children to have the skills required to be a scientist and to work scientifically.
  • Encourage the children to have an interest and deepening curiosity in science.
  • Allow children to become critical thinkers; providing opportunities for children to challenge, investigate, discover and question.
  • Equip children with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and in the future.
  • Allow children to develop their skills in problem solving and to be able to apply this in all areas of science.
  • Widen children’s knowledge and use of scientific vocabulary.
  • Enable children to find links between scientific technologies.
  • To ensure that all children, including those with SEND, are able to access the curriculum.
  • Develop a science curriculum that has high ambition for all children.

How we will achieve our aims…

  • Follow a clearly sequenced and progressive program of study based on the National Curriculum objectives.
  • High quality teaching that is appropriately pitched to individual children.
  • Seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data
  • Work scientifically by: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources.
  • Assessment is based on key milestones supported by Chris Quigley Essentials curriculum and PZAZ which ensures learning is well pitched and matched to individual needs.
  • Building cultural capital of all individuals through visits to places of scientific interest and discovery or the use of visitors to school to enrich the experiences of the children.
  • Read, spell and pronounce scientific vocabulary accurately.

How will we know we’ve achieved our aims?

  • Children demonstrate a love or appreciation of science and talk confidently about a range of scientists and scientific discoveries.
  • Children enjoy science lessons and are confident to demonstrate and discuss their learning with others.
  • Most children confidently apply their scientific knowledge to other areas of learning as well as to the world around them.
  • The majority of children read, spell and pronounce scientific vocabulary accurately
  • Children understand the history of scientific discovery and significant scientists, and how they have made an impact on our world.
  • The outcomes for the majority of children at the end of each Key Stages are in line or above National statistics and progress in science is evident.
  • Children are prepared for the next stage of their scientific learning.
  • Children make links between science and the Christian values of our school

Science Vocabulary Progression Grid

Website Links

Follow the link to find out more about British Science Week