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At Emsworth Primary School we believe that Science should be engaging and purposeful, in order to create curious, inquisitive life long learners. We recognise the importance of science within our curriculum and are committed to providing pupils with cultural capital to success. Our aim is for all children to be educated to a standard where they are scientifically literate and are able to grasp scientific concepts so that they can understand and engage in the world around them. Only by understanding how things work can our children grow up to fully contribute to the society in which they live.



At Emsworth Primary School, it is our intent to deliver a science curriculum that nurtures and encourages children’s natural curiosity of the world around them. We aim for our children to work and think like scientists to enable them to understand, at their own level, the impact science has on the world around them.

The implementation of science at Emsworth Primary School is through a combination of substantive and disciplinary knowledge. Children are provided with scientific fact and are given the opportunity to understand how those facts have been established, providing them with a holistic understanding.

At Emsworth Primary School, we are fortunate that our extensive school grounds and surrounding locality provide us with opportunities to enhance learning. Over the course of the academic year, each year group carries out a longitudinal study to support their science learning. This allows our children to draw on their scientific understanding in a meaningful, real-life context and apply their 'working scientifcally' skills. 

The impact of our science curriculum will provide children with powerful knowledge of scientific concepts to be confident and inquisitive scientists. Encouraging a natural curiosity will allow our children to ask complex questions beyond what they know.

At Emsworth Primary, we follow the Science National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2.

In the EYFS, Science is taught through high quality practical and exploratory experiences. Children will learn about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.


Below you will find a copy of the curriculum map for Science showing the key topics  covered in each year group.


Each year group undertakes a longitudinal study that allows them to observe changes over times. These take place within our extensive school grounds.


Check back soon to see an overview for each year group!

Due to lockdowns as a result of the COVID pandemic, we have identified the topics and objectives missed by different cohorts due to school closures. In order to address the missed learning, we have added in previous objectives to new topics to catch children up.
Science concepts need to be taught before children can move onto the next learning objectives. Teachers have been given these curriculum updates and we plan to have caught children up with the majority of most concepts within 2-3 years, depending on when the topic repeats in the school curriculum.