Kirkbymoorside Primary School

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School Curriculum - Science


The National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils: 

  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics 
  • Develop an 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 


At Kirkbymoorside Community Primary School, our vision is to develop and love and interest in science by giving children a grounding of scientific knowledge and skills so that they can understand the world in which they live, develop a sense of interest and curiosity in the world and have the tools to explore and find answers to their scientific thinking. We aim to show them advances in scientific thinking and discovery to inspire them in their own journeys as scientists. Core to our scientific delivery is the development of respect for the natural living world; the theme of sustainability is interwoven throughout our science curriculum. 


All teachers have a good knowledge and understanding of the subject and plan lessons in line with National Curriculum objectives. Teachers also use cross curricular, inspirational ideas to involve children in their learning and provide memorable experiences which stimulate children’s creativity.  

  • To follow the progression of the National Curriculum for Science and the EYFS Knowledge and Understanding of the World.  
  • To nurture curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do.  
  • Give children a strong understanding of the world around them.  
  • Encourage a respect for all living things and the environment.  
  • To develop the essential scientific enquiry skills to deepen their scientific knowledge.  
  • To develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle with regard for their own and other children’s safety.  
  • To support children to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and in the future.  
  • To teach methods of enquiry and investigation that stimulate creative thought and develop pupils’ enjoyment and skills.  
  • To nurture independence and encourage children to ask questions about the world they live in.  



  • In EYFS we implement Science through scientific based provision areas such as floating and sinking.  
  • Science is taught in blocks in KS1 and weekly in KS2.  
  • Working walls reflect what is being taught, vocabulary and relevant diagrams and photographs are displayed clearly.  
  • Books are of a high quality and show a range of evidence.  
  • Knowledge organisers are found at the beginning of each new topic.  
  • Excellent teacher knowledge and a variety of knowledge retrieval tasks are used.  
  • Children reflect on previous learning, build on prior knowledge and link ideas together, enabling them to question and learn through enquiry.  
  • Working scientifically skills are use throughout the Science units.  
  • Knowledge, skills and vocabulary is sequenced for progression and depth   
  • Assessment trackers are used to monitor attainment.    
  • Trips and visits from experts are provided to enhance the scientific learning experience.  
  • Additional support is in place for SEND pupils to enable them to access the curriculum at the appropriate level.  

Our Science Curriculum encourages children to be inquisitive and become independent learners by exploring possible answers for their scientific based questions. Children will acquire specific skills and knowledge to help them think scientifically, whilst gaining an understanding of the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future. 

> Curriculum Overview

Progression in Science knowledge

Progression in Scientific skills