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We aim to give children opportunities to pursue their natural curiosity about their surroundings. They will be encouraged to ask questions, experiment, reflect, make and learn from mistakes in a safe environment, whereby they will acquire and apply core skills which will equip them for a world that is increasingly changed and shaped by science and technology. 


At Harold Wood Primary School, we follow a knowledge and practical science approach.  The Science topics are informed by the 2014 National Curriculum and planned and delivered in conjunction with Cornerstones.  The intent is to teach a balanced and progressive curriculum so that the children leave with a good science knowledge and practical skills that will equip them for the future.


The aim of our science curriculum is for pupils to:

  • Develop a broad knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics
  • Develop their enquiry, investigation, analysis and evaluation knowledge, through practical science and to develop questioning about the world around them.
  • Understand how science around them has implications on the present and future.
  • Develop personal qualities such as perseverance, resilience, patience, aspirations, and self-belief through a sense of achievement and success.
  • foster respect, care and appreciation of the world around them


The mapping of science across the school shows clear progression in line with age related expectations and the National Curriculum.  Termly objectives build progressively over the years revisiting skills to ensure mastery.



Children are taught science using a topic-based approach.  Through the Cornerstones curriculum children study blocks of science based lessons via a range of exciting topics.  The Cornerstones curriculum helps to ensure consistency and progression across the whole school based on the objectives set out in the 2014 national curriculum.  Topics such as plants are layered across years to enable mastery over time.  Each science based topic starts with a ‘Wow’ lesson designed to engage children immediately with the topic.  This provides the opportunity for pre-assessment so the teacher can assess the children’s prior knowledge and plan lessons accordingly.  

Practice and consolidation play a key role and sequences of lessons build up previous knowledge and practical skills.  Independent work provides the skills for all children to develop and apply their knowledge.  Teachers are able to adapt this learning to meet the needs of individuals where appropriate.  


Teachers have excellent subject knowledge and use targeted questioning, assessment for learning and tasks to assess understanding, to identify those children who require intervention, those who are ready to develop a deeper understanding and to inform their immediate teaching.  In-lesson feedback ensures that misconceptions are swiftly dealt with, whilst also allowing teachers to provide challenge.  Children self-assess their own work using the whole-school marking system, which identifies what they have done well and addresses misconceptions.  A post learning assessment of the topics shows what the children have understood and what they still need to learn.



The science curriculum and effective teaching at Harold Wood ensures that all pupils are well equipped for their next steps in their education. Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning and are motivated and interested learners who understand the importance of being fully engaged in their learning.


Monitoring of lessons and books show that children are given a range of activities from the different aspects of the science curriculum, with children being provided with support and challenge when needed. 


Effective termly monitoring indicates that children make good progress throughout the whole school, including those with SEN and pupil premium.