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 Knowledge Progression

Science Coverage Map

Website Links

Follow the link to find out more about British Science Week