Science is concerned with gaining an understanding of the physical and natural world.  The children are encouraged to observe carefully, recording their observations, to experiment and test, analyse results and draw conclusions in the process of developing their scientific knowledge.

As scientists we strive to develop: 
  • 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, including fieldwork
  • A passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies


The Skills Ladder acts as an incremental model for skills acquisition and provides a benchmark for each year group, with teachers using the skills statements as a model for progression throughout the school. Growing in complexity and demand across Key Stages 1 and 2, the Skills Ladder enables our children to make good progress in their learning.

Due to the mixed year groups in our classes, two year science rolling programmes have been created and mapped.  The Learning Intentions or 'end points' are broken down into sequenced steps-  please also see our 'Current learning' page for a more detailed look for each half term.