We encourage the children to enjoy science and become inquisitive about the world around them. It is our hope that the children will leave us in key stage 2 with a love of science, aware of the many ways that it fits into the world around us and with the skills necessary to be independent thinkers and problem solvers.



Science is taught discretely, with one half day per week dedicated to the teaching of it.  

Working scientifically is taught alongside each science topic so that the children are building their biology, chemistry or physics knowledge whilst also developing their working scientifically skills. We feel it is important to have a balance between knowledge based learning and practical enquiry.

The curriculum is arranged to ensure children acquire and develop the key knowledge identified within the National Curriculum. Units of learning are revisited throughout their time at Radford to be sure that scientific knowledge is embedded and built upon each year. As part of our science curriculum, we also work hard to build children’s scientific vocabulary. This is displayed in the classroom by showing children ‘words we will learn’ and ‘words we have learnt’ to use as a regular reference point.

Our planning includes investigations and problem solving opportunities that allow the children to ask questions, discuss ideas and apply their knowledge and scientific skills. Teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills, and assess pupils regularly so that they can provide extra support or challenge. Working scientifically skills are built on and developed throughout children’s time at the school so that they can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently and continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings. The children are also encouraged to use our ‘wonder walls’ to generate curiosity and inspire them to ask questions about the world around them.



Ongoing assessment takes place throughout the year, including in Reception where children are assessed within the Early Learning Goals. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately. Assessments are analysed and gaps in attainment are addressed.

Monitoring of books, lessons and regular pupil voice enquiries support the teaching and learning of science. When looking at children's books with them and discussing their science learning in July 2023, the children shared the following thoughts and reflections: 

  • "We like wearing our lab coats and special glasses at the investigation station." Year R child.
  • “I like science because we’re always learning new things.” Year 2 child.
  • “I loved it when we made our DT and science torches for an explorer. I wish we could do more projects like that.” Year 4 child.


Science Knowledge Organisers

Radford Semele C of E Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff, volunteers and parents to share this commitment.