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What does Science look like at Heckmondwike Primary?

At Heckmondwike Primary we encourage curiosity and invite our pupils to ask questions about the world around them. Through our Science lessons we aim to equip them with the skills to answer their questions as well as wanting to find out more.

We foster a ‘hands on’ approach to investigations: giving children the confidence to take the lead with their investigations; developing team work and a positive scientific ethos.

Through their time at Heckmondwike Primary, pupils are able to build their understanding of scientific enquiry to enable them to plan, investigate and conclude independently. 

We encourage our pupils to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. We aim to develop young scientists who are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Science in the Early Years Foundation Stage

In the EYFS, science is included within the Understanding the World area of learning. As with other learning in Reception, your child will mainly learn about science through games and play – which objects float and sink during water play, for example.

Activities such as these will help your child to develop important skills such as observation, prediction and critical thinking.


Science in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

The content of science teaching and learning is set out in the National Curriculum for primary schools in England. Within this, certain topics and areas are repeated across year groups, meaning that children may revisit a particular topic in each year of primary school but with increasing difficulty and with a different focus each time. These topics are assessed half termly using HeadStart as a tool for assessing the children.

For example, the area of animals, including humans is examined in every single year group, with a very clear progression of knowledge and understanding over the six years:

  • In Year 1this involves looking at the human body, recognising animal groups and sorting these animals.
  • By Year 6, this will have developed into knowing the internal structure of the human body in relation to circulation, classifying living things based on more complex characteristics and exploring scientific research into this classification.

Alongside these areas runs the Working Scientifically element. This focuses on the skills the children need to become accurate, careful and confident practical scientists. Children are expected to master certain skills in each year group and there is a very clear progression of these set out for each school to refer to.

For example:

  • In Year 1a child may have to ask questions, carry out a simple test, record simple data and then try to answer questions.
  • By Year 6, they should be able to plan and carry out a fair test by using equipment accurately and taking exact readings or measurements. They are also expected to be able to draw conclusions from their results and record them using a range of graphs and charts.
Science Curriculum Overview

Knowledge Organisers

Please click on the links below to see what new learning will be taking place each half term. Often there will be new skills which children will develop, along with key vocabulary. There will often be questions which we will use to get children thinking and carrying out discussions. We will also use these to gauge childrens' understanding and their aquisition of new knowledge.

Science curriculum on Balance

At Heckmondwike Primary School we use a school improvement toolkit called Perspective Balance, where the curriculum content for every subject is kept. Please click here to see the Science curriculum in Balance.