Bishop Aldhelm's CE

Primary School

Loved by God; United in Learning

Science

As scientists, our children learn to be curious about the world around them. They are taught and encouraged to pose questions and think about how they can investigate it to find an answer.  The children will enjoy a range of theoretical and practical learning across all the areas of science they cover.

Exciting and practical

Along with English and maths, science remains one of the main core subjects. It can be one of the most exciting and practical subjects and, as a result, is a real joy to teach. Children love the chance to learn through being totally hands-on and finding things out for themselves — the perfect way to understand the world around them. 

The science curriculum in primary schools in England

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

In the EYFS, science is included within the Understanding the World area of learning. As with other learning in Foundation, your child will mainly learn about science through games and play – which objects float and sink during water play, for example. Activities such as these will help your child to develop important skills such as observation, prediction and critical thinking.

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)

The content of science teaching and learning is set out in the 2014 National Curriculum for primary schools in England. Within this, certain topics and areas are repeated across year groups, meaning that children may revisit a particular topic in each year of primary school but with increasing difficulty and with a different focus each time.

For example, the area of animals, including humans is examined in every single year group, with a very clear progression of knowledge and understanding over the six years:
In Year 1 this involves: looking at the human body, recognising animal groups and sorting these animals. 
By Year 6, this will have developed into knowing the internal structure of the human body in relation to circulation, classifying living things based on more complex characteristics and exploring scientific research into this classification.