Purpose of study

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 should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be 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.

A copy of the programmes of study can be found below.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6


We love learning science with a really practical approach at New Oscott. We use our BLP skills to help us plan and carry out our own investigations. Here are some of the investigations we will be doing across school this term…

How are shadows formed?

How does weather change over time?

Which materials are good conductors?

Which changes in materials are irreversible?

How do plants change over time?

How do different types of exercise affect our heart rate?

Here is what some of the children at New Oscott think about science...
"I like doing experiments and recording information on a graph" Katie year 6

"I like science because it is interesting and you find out a lot of things that you don't know" Will year 3

I like science because we do interesting investigations." Pavan year 4

"I enjoyed investigating making a machine that included a lever." Ania year 5
"My favourite investigation was when we tried to find out what was best to wash our hands in." Zac year 2
In reception we have just added a new discovery area to each classroom to promote children's questioning and investigative skills. As part of the Early Years curriculum the children to have access to this area at all times so the majority of their learning is child-initiated.

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