Shelley Primary School

Science Curriculum Statement




Staff who feel confident and prepared. Pupils who are engaged. A curriculum which is varied, interesting, investigative and challenging.


At Shelley Primary School the science curriculum is designed to engage, excite, intrigue, fascinate and challenge pupils.

Science is an exciting area of learning for children as it stimulates and motivates them to engage with phenomena, topical issues and the world around them, developing a sense of awe and wonder as well as a deeper knowledge and understanding.

Working scientifically is a key part of our curriculum which enables children to develop the essential skills needed to successfully plan, carry out and analyse scientific theories and ideas, which in turn leads to a developing knowledge and understanding of the key areas of learning.

As Science links directly with practical experience, it appeals to and engages learners at all levels of ability. Through their Science work, children can understand the major contributions which Science has made to technological advances, its cultural significance and world-wide developments. Children are encouraged and taught to question and discuss science-based issues, while learning about different scientists and their contributions to science.


At Shelley Primary School, we follow the National Curriculum (2014) for Science and recognise its importance as a core subject. We believe that children are best able to reach their full learning potential when they are able to gain a wide range of experiences through exploration, discovery and collaboration. Within our Science planning, our aim is to provide opportunities for a broad curriculum, beginning in the Early Years, which not only covers the requirements of the National Curriculum but also allows for an evolving and deepening understanding, enriched by opportunities offered by external agencies and partners. This is achieved through cross-curricular and topical approaches which revisit the key scientific and enquiry skills and by planning regular opportunities for enrichment activities including assemblies, trips and visitors.

Through a hands-on, inquiry-based curriculum, children will experience the joy of having wonderful ideas, exploration and investigation – that is, the joy of finding out. Our aim is that these stimulating and challenging experiences help children secure and extend their scientific knowledge and vocabulary. We believe that these opportunities will ensure that our children are confident, life-long learners who will explore the world around them.


Children are excited and enthralled during Science lessons. Children have a love for Science when they leave Shelley Primary. Children show an appreciation for anyone working in a role where science is incorporated. Progression in Science skills ensures progress across the school. Children are confident in using Working Scientifically skills. Science is incorporated in English and Maths lessons to ensure the whole Science curriculum is being taught.