Science Intent

At Oakfield Primary School we strive to provide all our children with a first-hand understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically in order to understand the uses and implications of science today and for the future.

In order to gain an understanding of scientific processes, we strive to embed scientific enquiry skills in each unit that the children study. These units are revisited, developed and built upon during their time at Oakfield Primary School. Units, such as Animals Including Humans and Materials are explored in EYFS and revisited in Key Stage One and studied again in further detail throughout Key Stage Two. By revisiting these topics, this allows children to build upon their prior knowledge and deepen their understanding in preparation for further studies in Key Stage Three.

Throughout their time at Oakfield, children develop and use a range of disciplinary knowledge including observation, prediction, planning and investigation. By using these skills, the children are provided with the tools to question the world around them (with curiosity and with purpose) and with increasing independence begin to explore the possible answers.

Children are encouraged to acquire scientific vocabulary and use this to communicate their ideas and understanding. Children develop their knowledge of the different types of scientific enquiry that they then apply to answer a range of scientific questions.

At Oakfield Primary, in conjunction with the aims of the EYFS Statutory Framework and the National Curriculum, we provide children with the opportunity to:

  • 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 scientific enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • become equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
  • develop the use of essential scientific enquiry skills to deepen their scientific knowledge
  • communicate and record scientific information and findings by using a range of methods, including: diagrams, ICT, graphs and charts
  • develop enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific questioning, exploration and discovery

Implementation of Science:

Outlined are the school overview, progression of knowledge, long term plan and medium term plans for Science at Oakfield Primary School.