Science Curriculum Intent


At Scargill we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life and our expectation is that all children are capable of fulfilling their potential and achieving high standards in Science.

We are aware of the need for all children to develop strong, meaningful schema in Science. In response to this, our Science curriculum is progressive and carefully maps out the knowledge and skills children need to acquire to build a well-developed schema. We also incorporate ‘Big Ideas’ of Science. These are reoccurring themes that appear throughout the primary Science curriculum and focus on the four main components of scientific knowledge: Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Earth Science. As our children progress through our Science curriculum we ensure that each learning point links to a ‘Big Idea’ and learning for every year group is carefully built upon to provide regular opportunities to retrieve previously learnt content in order to improve children’s strength of retrieval and ensure that learning is retained in the long-term memory.

We follow the Science National Curriculum and we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires, delivering it through a creative and balanced programme of study. Our comprehensive Science curriculum supports children to develop their working scientifically enquiry skills and we focus on seven core skills that are fundamental to the teaching of Science.


1 - Asking questions

2 - Making predictions

3 - Setting up tests

4 - Observing and measuring

5 - Recording data

6 - Interpreting and communicating results

7 - Evaluating

Our vision is to increase all pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the world, and foster the developing of skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry. We are committed to increasing the natural curiosity of the child, deepening their enquiry skills and encouraging respect for living organisms and the physical environment, in addition to providing a wealth of opportunities for the critical evaluation of evidence.

Our curriculum supports our mixed year group cohorts and all teachers create a positive attitude to Science learning within their classrooms. Our large grounds and outdoor classroom are used frequently to further enhance teaching and learning.

Ultimately, we intend to create confident and motivated Scargill Scientists that have a strong sense of enthusiasm and positively enjoy scientific learning and enquiry.