At Downton Primary School through Science teaching and learning we aim to ensure through the spiralled curriculum that the children will obtain the skills to work independently to investigate their own ideas. This means we that we hope that every child will become an independent inquisitive learner who is confident, and positive that they may make a difference. Lessons are taught by a science specialist and we make use of the outside areas whenever possible.



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National curriculum

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils at Downton Primary School are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.

Through building-up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.


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.