Primary Science

Our Approach

The science curriculum at Castle Newnham develops both substantive and disciplinary knowledge to build all pupils’ scientific cultural capital, empowering them to fulfil their potential as scientists of the future. 

Scientific knowledge is carefully sequenced so that children build a deep understanding of key scientific concepts which they can connect within science and across the broader curriculum.

Scientific skills are taught sequentially and integrated together when children design and carry out fair tests. All scientific skills are important individually and are identified explicitly, as well as when they are integrated together in an investigation.

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 an 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

Our Curriculum

Year 1 – Plants, Animals including Humans, Everyday Materials, Seasonal Changes

Year 2 – Plants, Animals including Humans, Uses of Everyday Materials, Living Things and their Habitats

Year 3 – Plants, Animals including Humans, Rocks, Light, Forces and Magnets

Year 4 – Animals including Humans, Living Things and their Habitats, States of Matter, Sound, Electricity

Year 5 – Animals including Humans, Living Things and their Habitats, Forces, Properties and Changes of Materials, Earth and Space

Year 6 – Animals including Humans, Living Things and their Habitats, Evolution and Inheritance, Light, Electricity.

For more information, please see our Science Long Term Overview