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Welcome to Stanhope Primary School science page

Our Science Curriculum forms a very important part of the children’s work, helping them to develop ways of understanding the natural and physical world. This role is increasingly important as the products of science and technology touch every aspect of life. Our science curriculum recognises the dual responsibilities to help children gain understanding in their present situation and to prepare them for the future.

We aim to provide a science curriculum to meet the needs of all pupils, developing their knowledge and understanding of science and their ability to think and act scientifically.

The science curriculum is organised into units of work which reflect the breadth of study set out in the National Curriculum for Science and is mapped out in a way that ensures continuity and progression in skills, knowledge and understanding. Each unit of work may be integrated into another curriculum area topic if appropriate or it may be a unit of work in its own right.
As science is a process, as well as a body of knowledge, emphasis is placed upon practical and investigative work, aimed at developing children's abilities to find out and organise information, to seek explanations, to apply knowledge and test their ideas. At the same time, the work seeks to develop concepts which help to link experiences together and introduce the children to the basic understanding of modern scientific knowledge.

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Children are given opportunities to develop their ability to plan fair tests, make predictions, record results using ICT, diagrams, graphs, tables and charts and to make generalisations about their learning. We also value the use of scientific vocabulary and model this with our children, encouraging them to use it to explain their scientific thinking.

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Outdoor learning:Visits, journeys and experiences

At Stanhope Primary School we want all of our children to develop a love of learning through relevant, rich and engaging experiences. We believe in developing a child's independence and fostering their desire to learn throughout life. This is done by providing a lively, broad and balanced education, stimulated by first hand experiences with a wide range of learning activities. We understand that learning takes place in a variety of situations and settings and encourage our children to be creative, enterprising and able to solve problems. We would like them to communicate well and be open to new ideas. As a result, trips and outdoor experiences play an important role in developing our children as independent learners.


The children have also had the opportunity to take part in Science club.




Our approach to Science at Stanhope

At Stanhope Primary School we believe that Science is an exciting and fascinating subject which helps the children to understand the world around them. Science is part of the everyday life of nursery and reception classes. During their activities, they build up an understanding of the world around them and how it works by physically trying out their ideas.  In key stages 1 and 2 children receive approximately 2 hours of science teaching a week, covering 6 different units drawn from the National Curriculum over the course of each year. During their time at Stanhope Primary School the children revisit different units to consolidate and develop their scientific knowledge and skill


In teaching science we aim to:


  • build on our children’s natural curiosity through first hand and practical experiences where possible
  • plan and carry out scientific investigations, using equipment, including computers, correctly
  • teach the children scientific knowledge which is relevant to and meaningful to them
  • teach the children scientific skills through both science sessions and an integrated curriculum
  • ask and answer scientific questions
  • know and understand the life processes of living things
  • know and understand the physical processes of materials, electricity, light, sound and natural forces
  • know about the nature of the solar system, including the earth
  • evaluate evidence and present their conclusions clearly and accurately.


We recognise that there are children of widely different scientific abilities in all

classes and at Stanhope Primary School we ensure that we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child.

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Science Experiment Titles-Key Stage 1 & 2