Aims of the Science National Curriculum

As a maintained school, Woodchester follows the 2014 National Curriculum for Science, which aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Science at

Woodchester Endowed Church of England Primary School

“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science” stated Edwin Hubble, American Astronomer.

Here at Woodchester, through our engaging science curriculum we encourage and nurture children to explore the universe around them. 

Within EYFS, the early learning goals focus on a child’s understanding of the natural world around them.  Children are expected to:

Explore the natural world around them, making observations and drawing pictures of animals and plants;

  • Know some similarities and differences between the natural world around them and contrasting environments, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class;
  • Understand some important processes and changes in the natural world around them, including the seasons and changing states of matter.

Within Key stage 1 and 2, the national curriculum is split into four key areas - Working scientifically, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

The individual disciplines are broken down further:

  • Biology - plants, animal and humans, all living things, evolution and inheritance
  • Chemistry - materials, including rocks and fossils and states of matter
  • Physics - movement, forces and magnets; earth's movement in space; light and seeing; sound and hearing; electrical circuits.

Working scientifically is at the centre of all our science learning in order to allow the children to grow their own curiosity about the world around them.  At Woodchester, we encourage lots of questioning, allowing opportunities for the children to investigate with an increasing level of independence as they move further up the school.

We nurture children to access all levels of science using skills such as prediction, consideration of variables, choosing the right equipment, designing their own experiments and developing strategies to test their results. They also use a range of ways to report their findings such as reports, graphs, diagrams and photos.

We aim to make science cross-curricular where possible so that children can understand how science fits in with other aspects of learning.  For example, children can apply their mathematical knowledge by collecting, presenting and analysing data.  They can practice their literacy skills by writing an instruction text to explain how they conducted an experiment, or use their art skills to draw a cross-section of a flower.