Science at Colne Engaine

Children are naturally curious about the world and how it works. At Colne Engaine, science enables children to investigate their own questions and to develop strong scientific knowledge. All the great advances in science began with an inquisitive question and we think there’s no reason this should be any different in school!

Children love to experiment and investigate and science in school is often focused on the traditional concept of a fair test. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with fair testing, and it certainly teaches pupils to make evidence-based comparisons, but fair testing is only one approach to investigating science questions.

Our science curriculum acknowledges that here are different types of questions and different ways to find answers. And in order to acquire a breadth of science skills, children need to learn to carry out a variety of investigations. Essentially, we focus on five approaches that children need to learn to recognise and use: fair testing; observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying and classifying; and research.

Our science curriculum works on a 2-year cycle, which links effectively with our 4-year Curriculum Map. We have a clear skills and knowledge progression for each key stage phase. We are now using science to further develop cultural capital by adding links with a study of the work of a diverse range scientists.

The characteristics of our science curriculum are to develop;

The ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that it brings.

Confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations.

Strong scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.

High levels of originality, imagination or innovation in the application of skills.

The ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork.

A passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies.

Click below to explore more about our Science Curriculum

Science Milestones