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at West Didsbury CE Primary School

Primary science encompasses physical, chemical and biological aspects of our world, as well as the ability to work scientifically and investigate different concepts. Science fosters a healthy curiosity in children about our universe and promotes respect for the living and non-living. Through the programmes of study in the National Curriculum we ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are built-on and developed throughout their time at school so that they can use equipment, conduct experiments, build arguments and explain concepts confidently and continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings.

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 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.
  • Our science lessons nurture our pupils’ natural curiosity about the world around them and their search for answers.

How Do We Teach Science?

Science is taught weekly by the class teacher. As a school, we have invested in high-quality equipment to enable children to complete practical investigations and develop their working scientifically skills. Alongside every unit are a set of high-quality texts to develop children’s knowledge and understanding. Children will learn to record their investigations through a regular format: question, prediction, method, results, variables and conclusion. They will also learn the valuable skill of being able to evaluate their results: being able to explain how they arrived at their conclusion and make suggestions for improvements to their experiments.  


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