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.

‘We are scientists’ Key Principles

1. We provide exciting and stimulating differentiated lessons to ensure that all children are engaged.

2. All science lessons are inclusive and promote problem solving and discovery through some practical element.

3. We use top quality resources that are purposeful and relevant.

4. Children are inspired to ask questions which promote independent learning.

5. Children can appreciate science being used in their local environment and everyday life which promotes cross-curricular links and relates to their own experiences.

6. Children can understand and use scientific vocabulary in a progressive and ambitious manner.

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 as stated above in our key principles document.

Here are some of the investigations we will be carrying out across school this year…

Which material causes more friction?

What affects do different drinks have on our teeth?

Which parachute is most useful?

What do plants need to grow?

What do fish need to survive?

How do periscopes work?

Which soil is the most permeable?

How does a cake change over time?

What are the properties of different materials?

Here is what some of the children at New Oscott think about science...

‘I love doing experiments!’

‘Science really gets your brain working!’

‘The only thing I would change about science at our school is nothing!’

‘I thought researching Steve Jobs was really interesting!’

‘I liked looking for creatures - science outside is the best!’