Our science curriculum is delivered using the Developing Experts scheme of work, which allows children to learn in an engaging and dynamic way. All science lessons feature an expert film and "Mission Assignment", with real life scientists as well as other workers in STEM careers. These experts show the application of scientific topic within their workplace and help the children to develop a knowledge of the wider world through a scientific lens.
Science is all around us and we want our children to be curious and excited to explore. Therefore, a range of hands-on, practical activities and investigations are embedded to deepen pupils understanding of science concepts. Our curriculum also reflects the diversity of scientific methods and ensures that children are exposed to fair testing, identifying, classifying, pattern seeking and observing over time.
Lessons are sequenced so that new knowledge is gradually built on prior learning, with recall questions being embedded throughout. High-quality presentations ensure substantive knowledge is taught through pictures, videos and vocabulary. Discussion prompts are also used to allow children to develop their scientific language, knowledge and understanding of interrelated scientific concepts.
Pupils begin to explore the natural world in the Foundation Stage as a part of their ‘Understanding the World’ unit. As they move into Key Stage 1 and then to Key Stage 2, key themes are built upon within the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics and over time, pupils’ knowledge and understanding is systematically developed, as is their application of scientific skills. We ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are built on and developed from year to year, and we ensure that pupils can apply these skills when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently and continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings.
Educational trips and visits enrich our science curriculum and allow pupils to have first-hand experiences of their learning as well as speak to experts in their fields. Our curriculum promotes a cross-curricular approach to science, specifically English and Mathematics. Pupils use home learning as an opportunity to practice and consolidate their learning through the pupil zone on Developing Experts which includes the lesson presentations, rocket word quizzes and assessment quiz.

Curriculum Documents

 Whole School Science Curriculum Map:

Progression of Knowledge Document: 

Knowledge Organisers

Knowledge organisers capture the key knowledge and vocabulary that pupils will be taught in each unit of learning. They are used by class teachers and pupils in various ways to help pupils remember key information. Parents and carers can support pupils at home by discussing what they've been learning in science, using the knowledge organiser to guide discussions.





Science: Curriculum in Action

Year 2 explore underwater habitats

Nursery Ducklings Experience

Year 1 Animal Roadshow

Year 5 STEM Workshop

Year 2 Habitat Heroes

Reception trip to the Science Museum

Falconry UK visit Reception

Year 4 visit the Science Museum

Year 5 explore the universe!

Year 2 science mission: create a safe place for mini beasts at Horsenden Primary

A week to celebrate all things 'STEM' at Horsenden!