Science is taught through an investigative approach, with children learning the skills of applying science alongside the National Curriculum. Lessons are taught using the agreed school's investigation prompts and each unit follows the science process illustrated on each class's learning wall. The children build on previous learning and link their new learning to other areas of the curriculum, especially Literacy, Maths, ICT and Humanities.
In the Early Years, children' learning is based on ‘Understanding the World’ around them through the Early Years Framework. From Year 1 to Year 6, they continue to progress from level 1 to 5 in line with the National Curriculum’s skills assessment targets. The learning is from the three main strands of Science - Physics, Chemistry and Biology, starting from the child's own body, experiences and immediate environment, then extending out into the global environment.
At the end of each year the children will have covered 6 units of work. The learning in each early unit is revisited later in the school and built upon. Units include work on materials, plants, animals, forces, electricity and the world around us. Skills develop from exploring, observing and simple explaining in Early Years; through recording in different ways, spotting patterns in data, planning fair tests and explaining results in Years 3 and 4; to describing scientific processes, using knowledge to explain ideas, explaining how tests are fair or not and using an independent approach to practical work, recording and interpretation of results in Years 5 and 6.