At East Claydon C of E School our primary science curriculum aims to develop a lifelong passion for exploration and discovery, of the world around, for all our pupils. Our intent is to provide a vibrant and engaging learning environment where pupils develop an appreciation for the wonders of the natural world. Through hands-on experiments, outdoor activities, and inquiry-based learning, we strive to cultivate a sense of curiosity and critical thinking. Our main goal is to empower students with a foundational understanding of scientific concepts through a knowledge rich approach, laying the groundwork for future success and nurturing a generation of informed and inquisitive individuals who are eager to contribute to the ever-evolving world of science. 

We want our children to leave in Y6 knowing:

  • The fundamental concepts in science such as states of matter, living things, materials etc
  • How to make observations, form conjecture, perform an experiment and analyse results.
  • How to question, predict, and evaluate science information and evidence.
  • That science is a way to understand and investigate the natural world.
  • The importance of environmental issues and conservation.
  • A basic scientific vocabulary to express ideas and explain phenomena.



We create a positive attitude to Science learning within classrooms. We reinforce an expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards in Science.

Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of Science involves using Cornerstones Curriculum Maestro to achieve the following:


The planning provides teachers with creative and engaging lessons, involving high-quality resources to aid understanding of conceptual knowledge. Teachers use questioning in class to test knowledge and skills, and assess pupils regularly to identify those children with gaps in learning, so that all pupils keep up. Tasks are selected and designed to provide appropriate challenge to all learners, in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.

We build upon the knowledge and skill development of the previous years. As we are mixed-aged classes, teachers have to use the knowledge and progression document to ensure that children are producing outcomes and knowledge at the appropriate level.

As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, they become more proficient in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results. They become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.

Working Scientifically skills are embedded into lessons to ensure that skills are systematically developed throughout the children’s school journey. New vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching. This is developed through the years, in-keeping with the topics. 


Our approach provides children with the foundations and knowledge for understanding the world. Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first hand experiences of the world around them.

We will empower children with the knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm to navigate the complexities of the world through a scientific lens.

Ultimately, our goal is to contribute to a society where the next generation is not only scientifically literate but also equipped to address global issues with creativity, empathy, and a commitment to lifelong learning.

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