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The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future


At Broad Oak, we want to encourage the children to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitemant and curiosity about natural phenomena.The Science curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity in children about our universe and promotes respect for the living and non-living. We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes.We want to foster a love of learning and enquiring by promoting a 'can do attitude' to provide the children with the resilience to be motivated learners. 


 Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves the following;

● Through our planning, we involve problem solving opportunities that allow children to apply their knowledge, and find out answers for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers.  

● We build upon the knowledge and skill development of the previous years. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, they become more proficient in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.

● Working Scientifically skills are embedded into lessons to ensure that skills are systematically developed throughout the children’s school career and new vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced at the beginning of each topic.

● Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment, and the various Working Scientifically skills in order to embed scientific understanding.

● At the end of each topic, children are assessed using TAPS ( Teacher Assessmet in Primary Science)  to review their knowledge and inform future planning.


The successful approach to science at Broad Oak results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundations and knowledge for understanding the world around them. Children learn the possibilities for careers in science, as a result of our connection with national agencies including the STEM association. They have the oppotunity to learn from positive role models within the field of science and to overcome gender stereotypes.

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