At Woodlands we envisage that Science lessons will allow and encourage our children to investigate problems, learn how science works and discover why science matters in the world. We endeavour to develop our expertise and ability to deliver high quality science lessons, deep rooted in scientific knowledge and with rich and regular opportunities to work scientifically. Children need to learn the skills needed to work and think like a scientist but also need to have a firm grounding in scientific facts and knowledge, to take with them through their school lives.

Within our two year rolling programme, we implement a curriculum that is progressive through school giving full coverage as detailed in the National Curriculum programmes for Science building on EYFS 'Understanding the World'. Science is taught both through cross-curricular topics and discrete units of work where needed. 

Knowledge and Understanding

Through building up a body of knowledge and concepts, pupils should be able to recognise the power of scientific explanation and curiosity about natural phenomena. They will be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes and effect. 

We will develop understanding of the nature, purposes and methods of science through different types of science enquiry. We will also apply mathematical knowledge to understanding of science including collecting, presenting and analysing data. 

Progression of Knowledge 

KS1 - Knowledge Progression

Y3 Knowledge Progression

Y4 Knowledge Progression

Y5 - Knowledge Progression

Y6 - Knowledge Progression


'Working Scientifically' specifies

Pupils should seek answers through Scientific Enquiry building up skills of:

Observing over time

Pattern Seeking



Comparative and fair testing (Investigation)

Collecting, analysing and presenting data

Interpreting and explaining

Working Scientifically - The Key Skills

Y1 - Working Scientifically

Y2 - Working Scientifically

Y3 - Working Scientifically

Y4 - Working Scientifically

Y5 - Working Scientifically

Y6 - Working Scientifically