Science Curriculum Statement

At Fairfield Primary School, our vision is that the teaching of science provides the foundations for exploring and discovering the world around them through the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

By providing a stimulating science curriculum which nurtures children’s natural curiosity, we aim to enthuse and inspire children to develop a lifelong love of science. Children will have the opportunity to ask questions, use scientific vocabulary and collect and present data using cutting-edge equipment in order to make meaningful links between classroom learning and real life.

We aim to give our children a science curriculum which enables them to become confident, creative and independent learners. We seek to broaden children’s experiences with strong connections within our local area and globally in the wider world around them.  Children will be given experiences to support their scientific discovery and exploration both inside and outside the classroom through educational visits, visitors and hands-on experiments.

We believe that within science lessons, our children acquire a wide range of knowledge and skills, which they can then apply to other subjects. As they leave Fairfield, children will be equipped with the scientific skills required to understand the uses and implications of science today and in the future. 

Examples of Science Subject Maps

Science Curriculum Overview

Practical Investigations

Our Science Curriculum allows opportunities for pupils to explore, discover, hypothesise and test ideas. Our practical learning experience is central to developing our children's’ working scientifically skills; it also engages them and communicates the wonder and excitement of science. It is only by doing practical investigations themselves that children develop a more scientific understanding of the world around them and begin to understand the nature of science. We recognise that practical investigation is important, because it:

  • develops pupils’ science skills
  • develops their understanding of the nature of science
  • supports their learning and understanding of scientific concepts
  • motivates children and develops their curiosity about the world. 

The photographs below show pupils enjoying practical exploration in topics including: The Human Body, Light and Shadows, Plants and Germination, Ecosystems, Digestion and even some fantastic CREST activities:

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