Teaching of Science

Our vision:

At Coombe Hill Junior School our aim is that all children leave our school curious and enthusiastic about science having experienced a rich, enquiry-based science curriculum that allows them to learn about the world around them by:

  • providing the children with engaging and interactive learning that allows them to be creative by planning and conducting safe, practical activities.

  • encouraging them to challenge their own misconceptions and relate their learning to the wider world.

  • inspiring inquisitive minds through encouraging the asking of questions.

Science roadmap

The curriculum

Children will have the opportunity to learn about the world around them through a variety of science topics which change each half term. Built into the curriculum and each of the science lessons, the children also develop their ‘working scientifically’ skills. In years 3 and 4, not only will the children learn about plants, living things and their habitats, animals including humans, rocks, light, forces and magnets, states of matter and sound and electricity but they will also build their skills through questioning and carrying out experiments to:

  • learn what a 'fair test' is.

  • take measurements from a range of equipment.

  • gather and record data.

  • report their findings orally and in writing.

In years 5 and 6, children continue to build upon their knowledge of living things and their habitats, animals including humans, forces, light and electricity from previous years and begin to learn about materials, Earth and space and evolution and inheritance. The children will continue to develop the above ‘working scientifically’ skills, but will also learn to:

  • understand what variables are and how to control them.

  • take measurements from a range of equipment, understanding the need for repeated measures to increase accuracy.

  • gather and record data using labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs.

  • use test results to make further predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests.

  • make conclusions on the test carried out, orally and in writing.

See our Science progression document below:

Coombe’s Science Curriculum