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Curriculum Design

at St Wilfrid's CE Primary School

Science is taught weekly at St Wilfrid’s and, as with other subjects, the curriculum is split into key stages (Nursery, Reception, Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2). Topics are taught on a two year cycle (Cycle A and Cycle B) to avoid repetition and ensure full coverage.

Relevant knowledge and ‘Working Scientifically’ skills are clearly outlined for each unit to be acquired by the children. As well as this, children become familiar with six different types of scientific enquiry through the investigations and explorations they carry out: comparative / fair testing, research, observation over time, pattern seeking, identifying, grouping and classifying, problem solving.

Knowledge organisers are shared with the children at the start of each unit for them to deepen their understanding of key concepts that will be covered and these are also shared with parents at the start of each term. At the end of each unit, children complete a quiz that assesses their knowledge gained from the topic.

Scientific Enquiry Approaches

Pupils should carry out several investigations which involve different types of enquiry:

  • comparative / fair testing
  • research
  • observation over time
  • pattern seeking
  • identifying, grouping and classifying
  • problem solving

View the download to find out more about each type of enquiry.

Scientific Enquiry Skills

Scientific Enquiry Skills

Pupils should have the opportunity to carry out practical investigations in science that help them to develop their scientific skills. These skills are sometimes referred to as a cycle or 'PLAN, DO, REVIE'. We know these skills as working scientifically skills.

  • asking questions
  • making predictions
  • setting up tests
  • observing and measuring
  • recording data
  • interpreting and communicating results
  • evaluating

View the download to find out more about each scientific enquiry skill.

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