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We believe that a high quality science education is a practical one that allows children to learn the skills and knowledge, which can be applied to help them understand the world they live in.  We encourage children to develop their scientific thinking by using their curiosity to pose questions and explore how to find the answers.  This may progress to the planning and carrying out of investigations involving skills such as observation, prediction, safely using equipment, gathering data and making conclusions.

Science at Reed First School ensures the requirements of the National Curriculum are met across all year groups.

Children are taught the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics through planned scientific topics and investigations.  Children also deepen their scientific knowledge by demonstrating their learning through an extended piece of writing using the scientific vocabulary and concepts learned in each topic.

At Reed First School we use The Association of Science Education planning and assessment materials as a basis for our teaching and learning.  This ensures continuity and a progression of scientific skills and knowledge.

We also discuss the lives of famous scientists, studying their values and their work.  In this way we can reinforce the idea that science affects our lives every day.

At Reed First school we understand that it is important to know more and remember more so to improve retention we start each science lesson with a fun quick recall of past topics.

Building a snowmanIn the Early Years, scientific learning is mainly explored through the specific area of understanding the world but will also be observed in other areas such as communication and language.

Early Years science activities are planned to meet each child’s learning and development requirements as well as taking account of the group’s interests.  This ensures that we ignite children’s curiosity and enthusiasm which builds their capacity to learn.

Children are immersed in a rich scientific vocabulary and given opportunities to solve problems and to express their thoughts and ideas through adult led and child initiated activities.

Our intent for the subject is shared with the children:

Reed First School Science Principles

At Reed First School we know good science occurs when…

  • Pupils are aware of what they need to do to achieve the next level
  • Pupils enjoy their science lessons
  • We use science vocabulary and learn new words
  • Teachers have good subject knowledge
  • Lessons are practical, investigative, challenging and fun
  • Lessons are safe, well planned and resourced
  • All pupils are motivated and engaged in their learning
  • Pupils are challenged at every level in all lessons
  • Children are aware of the purpose and objectives of their learning
  • Children are able to ask questions and talk confidently about their learning
  • Pupils develop their scientific knowledge and skills
  • Science is linked to the pupil’s everyday lives


Our scientific skills progress as we move through the school. Our lessons enable all children to use the skills in our Working Scientifically Wheels.