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Elmhurst School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust


"Science is split up into different parts, physics, biology and chemistry. It is about doing experiments to find things out and learn things." - Year 6 Child


“Science is when curious people ask questions.” - Year 2 Child


Curriculum Intent

At Elmhurst we recognise the importance of science in every aspect of daily life. As one of the core subjects taught at primary school, we give the teaching and learning of science the prominence it requires so that children question the world around them and seek to understand the natural world or improve their understanding of it. 


We want our children to aspire to be astronauts, forensic scientist, toxicologist or microbiologist etc. We hope to develop the children’s love of science, in encouraging them to create and explore through the delivery of a practical curriculum. We believe that the teaching and learning of Science should inspire children to want to know more about our world and to think and act like Scientists. 


It is our intention to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding. We aim to equip the children with knowledge and to develop their understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of enquiry, which ultimately help them to ask and answer scientific questions about the world around them. 


Our aim is for all children to develop skills, and knowledge and understanding in the following:


Scientific Knowledge and Conceptual Understanding

A progression of scientific knowledge and skills. The children will develop a secure understanding of key knowledge and concepts. They will be able to use technical terminology accurately and apply their scientific knowledge where appropriate. 


The Nature, Processes and Methods of Science

‘Working scientifically’ specifies the understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science. The application of the ‘working scientifically’ skills should be applied across all strands of the curriculum: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth science. Types of scientific enquiry include: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources. Pupils should seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data.


Spoken Language

Pupils should build up an extended specialist specific vocabulary related to their learning. They should be encouraged to use the correct and specific vocabulary for all processes and topics. They need to be able to articulate scientific concepts clearly and precisely.

Science Vision:

Curriculum Implementation

We believe that our curriculum should develop both scientific knowledge and scientific skill; it should provide the foundations for understanding the world through Biology, Chemistry and Physics. It is a vital part of the curriculum  and essential for children to understand the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of Science.


Pupils should be encouraged to build up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, recognise the power of rational explanation and develop excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.


Children should be able to explain what is occurring, predict how things behave and analyse causes:

  • To see out and enjoy challenges.
  • To link scientific ideas with evidence.
  • To explore scientific terminology and use it with genuine understanding.
  • To work collaboratively with other children.
  • To speak clearly and convey ideas confidently.
  • To make judgements based in evidence.
  • To explore scientific terminology and use it with genuine understanding.
  • To ask questions to extend thinking.
  • To explore scientific terminology and use it with genuine understanding.
  • To interpret and understand appropriate data including anomalies.


If you would like further information on our Science curriculum or how to help your child at home then please get in contact with our Science Leader, Mrs Dawn Hanwell on 01296 481380 or

Page last updated: 08.01.23