New Road Primary School


Curriculum Overview

At New Road Primary School our Science curriculum inspires a curiosity in children and develops a sense of excitement and curiosity about the natural world. Children are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. It focuses on the three fundamental scientific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics, giving pupils a rounded understanding to appreciate and enquire about the world around them.

Working scientifically is essential, these skills are embedded throughout each unit so that in addition to the core knowledge and vocabulary, children develop skills of observation, investigation, fair testing, classification and data handling.

At New Road  Primary School, every Science unit is framed around the National Curriculum programmes of study for each year group. This explicitly sets out progressive learning objectives, enquiry questions, key vocabulary, working scientifically skills and expectations. The structure enables children to broaden their scientific knowledge, and enquiry skills are developed with increasing depth and challenge as children move through the year groups.

The sequence of lessons helps to embed scientific knowledge and skills, with each lesson building on previous learning. Teachers build in opportunities for pupils to revisit and recall on the knowledge they have retained through ongoing retrieval practice. There is also the opportunity to regularly review and evaluate children’s understanding through the use of Ogden  and Bath and Spa assessments at the end of each unit of work.

Click on the links below to see each year group curriculum overview:

EYFS Science Curriculum Overview

Year 1 Science Curriculum Overview

Year 2 Science Curriculum Overview

Year 3 Science Curriculum Overview

Year 4 Science Curriculum Overview

Year 5 Science Curriculum Overview

Year 6 Science Curriculum Overview

Click on the links below to see the Science Sequence Overviews for the Autumn Term -

Year 1 - Animals inc. Humans

Year 2 - Animals inc. Humans

Year 2 - Everyday Materials

Year 3 - Animals inc. Humans

Year 3 - Plants

Year 4 - Living things and their habitats

Year 4 - States of Matter

Year 5 - Forces

Year 5 - Materials

Year 6 - Light

Year 6 - Animals inc. Humans

Click on the links below to see the Science Sequence Overviews for the Spring Term -

Year 1 - Physics: Investigating Materials

Year 2 - Everyday Materials

Year 2 - Living Things

Year 3 - Physics: Rocks

Year 3 - Physics: Light

Year 4 - States of Matter

Year 4 - Animals inc. Humans

Year 5 - Earth and Space

Year 6 -Evolution and Inheritance