At the Oaks Primary School, we ensure that the children are active learners and therefore we encourage them to observe, experience, question and make connections to find answers about the world they live in.

We help children to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including:

–          observing changes over a period of time,

–          noticing patterns,

–          grouping and classifying things,

–          carrying out simple comparative tests,

–          finding things out using secondary sources of information.

Children are also encouraged to use scientific language to talk about what they have found out and communicate their ideas to a range of audiences in a variety of ways. We provide first-hand practical experiences, but we also use appropriate secondary sources, such as books, photographs and videos.

To help the children develop their skills of working scientifically as they learn about different topics, we use Science Bug materials and we track the children’s progress by using Balance.

Whole School Science Curriculum Overview (requires Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader):

Biology progression and assessment grid

Chemistry progression and assessment grid

Physics progression and assessment grid

Working Scientifically: Working Scientifically

2017 National Curriculum Assessment in Science: 2017 Science Assessment

Science Curriculum Overview 2020-2021

In order to best support our pupils, children are given Knowledge Organisers at the start of a science unit. This supports our pupils by providing pre-teaching of some of the key vocabulary that they will be exposed to during a unit of work.

Autumn Term 

Year 1 – Changing Seasons

Year 2 – Materials

Year 3 – Light and shadows

Year 4 – Living things and their habitats

Year 5 – Living things and their habitats

Year 6 – Light

Spring Term

Year 2 – Floating and Sinking

KO – Year 3 Movement and Feeding_Animals inc Humans