SHINE in Science


We want all pupils to confidently utilise the essential components of Science and develop these aspects to a high standard, constantly striving towards creating a cohesive community.  We want to embed pupils’ ability to retain scientific knowledge and understanding, confidently carry out scientific investigations and enhance their enquiry skills whilst embedding scientific vocabulary. 


We will provide a motivating learning environment which promotes enthusiasm and enjoyment across all aspects of Science. Our tailored Science curriculum provides opportunities to explore, practice and apply different types of scientific enquiry, whilst being drenched in scientific vocabulary. Pupils attitudes and contributions are praised and valued and their contributions as individuals are valued. 


We will inspire all pupils through our multi-sensory approach to providing a stimulating Science curriculum, which inspires life-long knowledge, skills and understanding. There is a range of opportunities to develop cross curricular learning in science. Educational visits and visitors are planned to increase engagement, enhance learning and gain hands on experiences. 


We will build strong foundations with parents and pupils, based on honesty and collaboration. We will scaffold and nurture quality – first learning opportunities, whilst celebrating and supporting diversity, in order to foster independent learning and application, across the Science curriculum. Pupil voice gives us an insight into children’s learning in science, as well as their thoughts and opinions.  


We will treat all pupils as individuals, carefully monitoring their progress from their unique starting points and plan tailored to their next steps. We will effectively model and scaffold learning through the use of concrete resources and scientific evidence, enabling pupils to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills required in order to become independent, successful scientists both now and in later life.  


Long Term Overview

Progression in Skills

Mission Statement

Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity.
The aim of science teaching at Bantock Primary School is to enable pupils to develop their scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding, fostering a sense of excitement and inquisitiveness of the world around us. Through scientific enquiry in all areas of the curriculum, pupils will develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science thus understanding the uses and implications of science in the world today and for the future.

The statutory requirements are laid out in the National Curriculum 2014.
Science teaching focuses on enabling children to think as scientists. Our aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding. This can be carried out through whole class teaching and group work, while at other times engage the children in an enquiry based research activity. We encourage children in science lessons to ask, as well as answer scientific questions and give them opportunity to use data, such as statistics, graphs, pictures and photographs to enhance their learning.

We recognise that there are children of widely different scientific abilities in all classes and we ensure that we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the children. We achieve this in a variety of ways by:

· Setting common tasks which are open-ended and can have a variety of responses;
· Differentiated work and grouping children according to their abilities.
· Providing resources of different complexity depending on the ability of the child.
· Use classroom assistants to support children individually or in groups.

At Bantock we aim to:
· Children show and develop independence, think for themselves and raise questions about science knowledge and secure a clearer understanding of scientific enquiry.
· Highlight and overcome any misconceptions around science.
· Show confidence and competence in practical skills and investigations, taking initiative when planning and carrying out scientific experiments.
· Children frequently use their scientific knowledge and understanding effectively in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings formally.
· Show a high level of originality, imagination or innovation in their understanding and application of skills.
· Become familiar with, develop and use the correct vocabulary related to the topics covered.
· Develop an understanding of nature, processes and methods of science through different types of scientific enquires that help them to answer s questions about the world around them.
· To develop skills of predictions, resources needed, enquiry, analysis, using simple equipment, evaluating and presentation of science investigations.
· Establish cross curricular links with other subjects such as English, computing and mathematics.