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At Woodfield Primary School, our vision is to provide children with a science curriculum that enables them to confidently explore and discover the world around them so that they have a deeper understanding of the world that we live in. We realise that our young children are naturally curious and passionate in their learning therefore we aim to provide a stimulating science curriculum that nurtures this curiosity and their on-going intellectual development.


We recognise the importance of science in every aspect of daily life and as one of the core subjects taught in primary schools, we give the teaching and learning of science the prominence it requires. The scientific area of learning within our school is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with science as a process of enquiry. Adopting this approach will encourage our children to have respect for living organisms and the physical environment, and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence.


At Woodfield Primary School, in conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our science teaching offers opportunities for children to:


  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics;

  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of the subject through science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them;

  • be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future;

  • develop the essential scientific enquiry skills to deepen their scientific knowledge;

  • become more independent learners through a range of activities;

  • encourage all pupils to recognise the power of rational explanations and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena;

  • use a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including I.C.T., diagrams, graphs and charts;

  • develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle with regard to their own, and other children’s safety;

  • develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery as all children are naturally inquisitive.


The National Curriculum will provide a structure and skill development for the science curriculum being taught throughout the school, which is now linked, where possible to the theme topics to provide a creative scheme of work reflecting a balanced programme of study.


We endeavour to ensure that the science curriculum we provide will help children to see the value of the subject and its role in everyday life, and give them confidence and motivation to continue to further develop their skills into the next stage of their education, life experiences and career selections. We understand that knowledge is power and by understanding things, children can grow into adults and contribute to the society in which they live.

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