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At Darton Primary School, we have designed our science curriculum with the intent that our children will develop an in-depth understanding of the world around them and an understanding of how major scientific ideas have played a vital role in society, to prepare them for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world. 


We will deliver a science curriculum that:   

  • has working scientifically at the heart of it, so that children have opportunities to develop practical enquiry skills to engage with the world in a scientific way and make sense of what they are learning about living things, the environment, materials and physical processes

  • provides a range of hands-on experiences to promote engagement and presents opportunities for the discussion and questioning which develop understanding

  • develops key scientific skills, including observing, predicting, problem solving, decision making, communication and critical thinking

  • provides opportunities for different types of enquiry, such as pattern seeking, observing over time, classifying and grouping, comparative and fair testing and research using secondary sources

  • builds upon prior knowledge and a progression of skills to ensure all children have a secure understanding and knowledge of key science concepts  

  • develops creativity and curiosity, so that children ask questions about the world around them and have the desire to explore and investigate



The National Curriculum 2014 and the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework 2017 provide the basis for our science curriculum, which is then tailored to meet the learning and developmental needs of the children in our school.  


Teachers will plan science using the newly developed progression document which will allow children to build upon prior knowledge and understanding. Knowledge organisers will be developed and introduced for teachers and pupils to use for each topic for reference and assessment purposes. This will map out the knowledge, vocabulary and skills needed to master the concepts. 


Due to mixed classes, there are two cycles for classes 6, 7, 8 and 9 to ensure that all children are taught all of the science objectives in their journey through key stage 2. Strands are taught within the same cycle where possible, e.g. Class 7 teach Earth and Space at the same time as Class 8 and 9 in cycle 2, to avoid repetition of some objectives and missing others. 



Children will...

  • become resilient, independent and curious scientists who ask questions and find things out for themselves

  • be able to communicate their ideas and findings using appropriate scientific terminology

  • have an awareness of the full range of scientific careers and pathways available to them and will be keen to pursue STEM subjects at secondary school


Science Overview