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Statement of Intent

At Killinghall, we see the teaching of science as a vital way for our children to better understand the world in which they live.  We want to harness and encourage their curiosity about the world around them and develop a sense of excitement and wonder about natural phenomena. Through scientific enquiry, the children will recognise the power of rational explanation and will understand how Science can shape our lives; being vital to the world’s future prosperity. 

Our curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:  

  • develop scientific knowledge and understanding through units covering the scientific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. 

  • develop understanding of the processes and methods used by scientists through practical investigations. 

  • understand the uses and implications of science in our increasingly technological world and in the future. 

Scientific enquiry skills are embedded into each topic the children study.  We ensure that all children are exposed to a variety of ways of working scientifically and that they are familiar with the five types of enquiry: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative testing and researching using secondary sources.  In our school, Science is taught in discrete units, which are built upon and developed as the children move up the school.  Where possible, cross-curricular links are made and opportunities are given to allow the children to apply their mathematical knowledge and skills to aid the understanding of Science, particularly in the areas of presenting, collecting and analysing data. 



Science Teaching and Learning Approaches

Each academic year, through KS1 and KS2, is subdivided into 5 distinct science units which are used to teach the children new concepts and theories.  These concepts are explored further through practical investigations, covering a variety of scientific enquiry types, where the pupils are encouraged to ask and develop questions they would like to answer. Collaborative work forms an important aspect of working scientifically and the children also learn to analyse data and explain their thinking in order to further their understanding of the subject. Scientific vocabulary is introduced throughout the course of a unit of work and its use is encouraged during lessons.


Useful Links


A resource of engaging, creative science activities, designed to spark curiosity, discussion and debate.


Links to primary science learning materials on the web, helping children to enjoy science both inside and outside the classroom. 


BBC Bitesize – KS1


BBC Bitesize - KS2


NASA Kids Club - on this site, you will find games of various skill levels which support national education standards in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).


Nat Geo Kids science pages

Our Science Leader is Mr Thackary

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