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Science is a highly valued area of the curriculum at Cleves Primary school and is taught in line with the new National curriculum.

Through Science we aim to develop curiosity, excitement, enjoyment, skills and a growing understanding of scientific knowledge in all our pupils by allowing them to raise questions and investigate the world in which they live. As a result, children gain a sound scientific knowledge and understanding as well as developing the skills necessary for researching, testing, experimenting and investigating.

What is Science?

Through the study of all three areas of Physics, Biology and Chemistry, Science is the core of understanding the world around us. Science helps children to explain what is occurring, hypothesising how things will react, and analysing the factors that cause the reaction.


The of teaching Science at Cleves are:

  • To develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
  • To develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help children to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
  • To equip children with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Working Scientifically

Working scientifically specifies the understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science and underpins the teaching of Science at Cleves Primary School. Working scientifically skills are embedded into the curriculum through the following lines of enquiry:

  • Observing over time
  • pattern seeking
  • identifying
  • classifying and grouping
  • comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations)
  • researching using secondary sources.
  • Justifying
  • Evaluating

Principles of Science

Staff and Parents and Governors views;
  1. To experience the 8 scientist skills and encourage to recognise what skills they are asked to carry out………
  2. Children must be given opportunities to think of their own investigation question related to scientific enquiry they should independently think of their own hypothesis/prediction
  3. Children must be encouraged and given opportunities to plan and conduct investigations/experiments and research based on their hypothesis
  4. Children must be given time to conclude, evaluate and scientifically articulate their findings.
  5. Children must be given autonomy to select their own equipment to support investigations and validate results.
Children views:
  • Everyone feels confident, inspired and excited to discover new things together.
  • Children’s interests raise questions that lead the learning.
  • We are challenged to ‘think and do’ to investigate real scenarios
  • We feel it is ok to make mistakes because we learn from them.
  • We work together as a team.
  • We learn outside and inside
  • We make cross curricular links
  • We discuss what we have learnt and how we can improve
  • We can use what we’ve learnt and know what we want to learn next.
  • We are encouraged to carry out home learning projects
During our Science lesson we will carry out the following:
  • children inspired and excited to discover
  • children’s questions
  • challenge to investigate
  • learning from mistake
  •  working as a team
  •  Outreach learning
  •  discussing
  •  Independent learning takes place
  • Making cross curricular links
  • Researching
  • Having an awareness of about predominate and relying their theories present day situations