Thornton Primary School

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Science Curriculum Overview



At Thornton Primary School, we recognise the importance of Science in everyday life. As one of the core subjects, we aim to give Science the prominence it requires.


Learning in Science prioritises the increasing of children’s knowledge and understanding of the world. Scientific skills and concepts are developed through a process of enquiry and observation. We aim to develop the natural curiosity of our children, the confidence to question a process or theory, a respect for living organisms and the environment. We also provide opportunities for the children to critically evaluate the evidence presented to them or gathered through their own enquiries.




Science is taught utilising the Pearson’s, Science Bug scheme and following our whole school overview. The units are designed to provide a breadth of study across the three scientific fields in a way that will engage, excite and enthuse the children. A different Science unit is taught every half term, with lots of opportunities for practical activities.


Within the Forest School sessions at Thornton Primary School, the children are provided with the unique opportunity to experience Science in action. This can be through both specific activities and incidental observations or experiences. As such, this allows our children to investigate scientific theories, pose questions in the context of a situation and highlights the role Science has in our everyday lives.



We support our SEND children by pre-teaching subject specific vocabulary and adapting work where appropriate. A range of equipment is available for investigations and methods of recording are adapted to support children with a range of needs, if required.


Learning Connections

Science touches every part of life and as such, can connect with other areas of the curriculum. Many aspects of data handling and measure in mathematics is used when completing investigations. Specific subject knowledge can also be linked across the curriculum, for example reversible and irreversible changes. This can relate to cookery in DT, deforestation in Geography and the sharing of information online in Computing.



Being able to use and apply scientific vocabulary, enables the children to better understand the subject, the topic content and communicate their ideas accurately with others. Each unit from Pearson’s Science Bug has a key vocabulary list that is topic specific.



We monitor the impact of learning each lesson through teacher observations and questioning. The Science Bug scheme provides an end of unit assessment or quiz for each topic. Using these methods, we can track the progress made across school and monitor their knowledge retention.


The expected impact of the Science curriculum is that children will:

  • Develop scientific knowledge and understanding of concepts, answering scientific questions about the world around them through different types of enquiries.
  • Develop and use a range of skills including observations, planning and carrying out investigations.
  • To evoke an enthusiasm and enjoyment for scientific learning and discovery, creating independent learners who are eager to explore scientific questions.
  • Be equipped with the knowledge needed to understand the breadth of Science, through both it's uses and the implications of it, today and in the future.
  • Use a range of methods to communicate their scientific findings and present it, including written explanations, ICT, diagrams, graphs and charts. These latter methods allow the children to apply their mathematical skills, in the areas of measure and data handling.
  • Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the National Curriculum for Science.