Thornton Primary School

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. Skills are developed through a process of enquiry, and we aim to develop the natural curiosity of our children, to encourage respect for living organisms and the environment. We also provide opportunities for children to critically evaluate the evidence presented to them or because of their own enquiries.


Our Science lessons, from EYFS through KS1 and KS2, give opportunities for children to:

  • 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.
  • Develop
  • Enhance their learning in Science through regular, planned experiences in Forest School


We support our SEND children by pre-teaching subject specific vocabulary and scaffolding 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.