Science at Thorndown Primary School

Subject leader: John Peel (Year 6 Teacher)


Curriculum Statement

Science at Thorndown Primary School aims to excite children’s natural curiosity and also equip them to question and understand concepts and phenomena in the world. The careful structuring of the curriculum throughout the school enables children to build on both their substantive knowledge (product, laws, theories and models) and disciplinary knowledge (the knowledge and practices of science). The journey of science throughout Thorndown aims to provide children with knowledge built upon prior learning so that children can spot relationships between concepts within science. Learning is revisited with the intention of encouraging long term memory to develop future expertise. Through the teaching of skills, knowledge and understanding, pupils engage as scientists through practical experience and enrol on a journey that seeks to explain scientific issues on a personal, national and global scale. Scientific knowledge, methods, uses and processes are taught through a combination of whole class, group teaching and individual work. Various inclusive teaching and learning strategies are adopted within the subject to engage children in investigations which promote co-operation, perseverance, open-mindedness and responsibility. A specific importance is placed upon the learning and application of scientific vocabulary in all lessons, beginning from the early years. Children are provided with a wide range of age appropriate scientific vocabulary throughout their learning journey and are encouraged to use during whole class teaching and independently to embed their understanding.  Science also contributes significantly to the teaching of other curriculum areas. It has a key role in English and Maths and is actively promoted by reading, writing, speaking and listening. Without the application of Maths; estimation, prediction, accurate observations, measurements and recording, interpreting results would not be possible


Overview of subject from Foundation Stage to Yr6 for all three terms


EYFS Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Autumn term Understanding



Everyday materials


Animals including


Living things and their habitats States of matter



Water cycle






Properties and change of materials



Living things and their habitats


Evolution and inheritance




the world

Seasonal changes


Animals and humans

Everyday materials Rocks, soils and fossils



Light and shadow









Animals including humans






Understanding the world Plants



Working scientifically

Animals and plants







Nutrition, skeleton and bones

Forces and magnets



Living things and habitats

Life cycles Light

Science Progression Knowledge

Science Progression Skills