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Newburn Manor Primary School

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Science at Newburn Manor


At Newburn Manor, we want our science curriculum to highlight and explore children’s curiosity in the world around them and how it works. We want our pupils to recognise the importance of scientific discoveries to their lives and how scientists, past, present and future, will shape their lives for the better. Science is a prominent industry in the modern world and the scientific literacy and critical thinking skills they develop will undoubtedly continue to help them make sense of the world around them as they grow.


In weekly Science lessons, Y1-6 will cover all topics listed under the National Curriculum Guidance. They have been purposefully placed to make the most of fieldwork opportunities, seasonal change and to allow pupils the optimum opportunity to make links with other areas. 



In Early Years and Key Stage 1, the teaching of Science allows pupils to experience and observe, looking closely at the natural and human world around them.  They are encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice.  By using different types of scientific enquiry to answer the investigational questions, children will be able to discuss patterns, groups, classify things and carry out simple comparative tests.  Pupils will gather and record evidence to answer initial questions and children will begin to use simple scientific language when talking about what they have found out, using a variety of ways to communicate their ideas.


In Key Stage 2 pupils will broaden their scientific view of the world around them.  They will do this through exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas about everyday relationships between living things and the environment around them.  By the end of Key Stage 2, pupils will have developed a deeper understanding of a wide range of ideas.  They do this through talking about their own ideas and asking their own questions about scientific phenomena.  They will also be able to select the most appropriate ways to answer scientific questions and recognise that there may be multiple answers to their initial questions - this should trigger further scientific investigations. Underpinning all of this will be a programme of working and thinking scientifically. 

At the heart of our science curriculum is enjoyment. We want our pupils to be enthusiastic about science, first and foremost. By the end of their time at Newburn, our pupils will have covered a range of topics and scientific enquiry types, helping to prepare them for the next stage of their Science education. They will have developed their scientific literacy and understanding, enabling them to continue to make sense of the world as they grow. Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first-hand experiences of the world around them and understand the value of maintaining it.