St Martin at Shouldham CE
Voluntary Aided Primary Academy

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St Martin at Shouldham Church of England
Voluntary Aided Primary Academy

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Respecting, Generous, Achieving 

'Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.'  

Edwin Hubble.


Science inspires and excites the children at our school. It is designed to develop the natural curiosity to be found in all young children and to teach them to approach a problem in a scientific way, which will involve them in developing key skills. Hands-on, investigation-based science experiments are regularly planned into the curriculum. We follow the National Curriculum (2014) and believe that science is good in our school when children are:


• Inquisitive and asking questions

• Involved in practical ‘hands on’ investigations and enquiries

• Able to relate science to real life

• Leading their learning

• Talking about science and the things they have learnt confidently

• Amazed, inspired, engaged and having fun


By the end of their primary education, our pupils should be equipped to make informed decisions about new technologies, their health and the scientific opportunities around them. 


Our science curriculum offers a broad, well-balanced and knowledge rich curriculum. There is a clear progression of conceptual knowledge in science and from year-to-year, and within each year group and unit of learning, pupils are able to develop their knowledge of big ideas and their scientific skills. 


The nature, methods and processes of Science:

‘Working scientifically’ is not taught as a separate strand to our children. ‘Working scientifically’ is embedded within the subject’s content whereby pupils focus on key features of scientific enquiry so that they learn a variety of approaches to answer scientific questions. These types of scientific enquiry will include:

  • Observing over time.
  • Pattern seeking.
  • Identifying.
  • Classifying and grouping.
  • Comparative and fair testing.
  • Research using secondary sources.


‘Working scientifically’ is taught throughout each unit. We provide the children with plenty of opportunities to develop their skills in science lessons. The children will be exposed to a variety of practical activities that allow their skills to develop further.


Vocabulary Rich Environments:

Our science curriculum aims to reflect the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum. We believe strongly that the quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are key factors in developing their scientific vocabulary and articulating their scientific thoughts clearly and precisely. We assist children in making their thinking clear, both to themselves and others, and we ensure pupils build secure scientific foundations by using discussion to probe and remedy understanding.  Use of vocabulary is modelled by adults in the class and pupils have constant access to displays and knowledge organisers to further develop their use and awareness of vocabulary.

Overview of Science

Science in our School

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