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‘No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess.’

Sir Issac Newton

 ‘A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics...Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.’

The New National Curriculum 2014

Through high-quality Science teaching at The Oval, we help our pupils understand how major scientific ideas have played a vital role in society. Furthermore, we aim to prepare our pupils for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world.

Science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. Throughout the programmes of study, the children will acquire and develop the key knowledge across each year group, as well as the application of scientific skills. We ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are built-on and developed throughout children’s time at The Oval so that they can apply their knowledge of science when undertaking investigations and explaining concepts confidently and continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings.

Within our classrooms, the positive attitude to science learning, reinforces an expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards in Science. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases and they become more proficient in selecting, using scientific equipment, planning their own investigations, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence and develop and flourish their enquiring minds.

The successful approach at The Oval results in a fun, engaging, high-quality Science education, that provides children with the foundations and knowledge for understanding the world around them.

Events, such as British Science Week, Science Fairs, inter-school competitions provide broader provision and the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills involving families and the wider community. The opportunity to meet astronauts, be part of the annual Scientist of the Year at the University of Birmingham and trips to the Space Centre amongst others are regular events at The Oval. Upcoming events to look forward to is Space Camp which is accredited by the Stephen Hawking Foundation where children develop their inquisitive minds and extend their knowledge through the study of astrophysics and space time continuum.

Our Science Curriculum allows our children the power to broaden their minds with the ability to question the world around them and pursue their investigative enquiries to feed the curiosity in how the world works and develops today.

To find out more about what your child will be learning in Science, please visit the year group curriculum pages.



EYFS & KS1 Rationale
KS2 Rationale
Progression Map