Rowsley C of E Primary School
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At Rowsley C of E Primary School we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. We aim to help our children foster a love of the sciences through hands on activities, developing curiosity about the world and discovering knowledge for themselves. We encourage the children to ask questions and think critically in Science lessons and aim to encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence.


Our Science teaching offers opportunities for children to:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics;
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them;
  • be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.
  • develop the essential scientific enquiry skills to deepen their scientific knowledge.
  • Use a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including I.C.T., diagrams, graphs and charts.
  • Develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle with regard to their own, and other children’s safety.
  • Develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery.



Our bespoke curriculum is built around three areas of knowledge, which are plants and animals, the world around us and materials. The teachers have high standards and we teach an ambitious curriculum.


In EYFS, science is taught as part of the “Understanding the World” strand of learning, with a mixture of continuous provision activities and adult-led learning. From Year 1 onwards we adopt a more formal approach from in which the children are expected to present their findings in different ways. 




Impact on the curriculum is monitored through triangulation of outcomes: Pupil voice, data outcomes, planning, monitoring of books and displays, lesson learning walks, discussions with teaching staff, pupils and parents.


The desired outcomes of the curriculum will ensure that pupils are well rounded students ready to embark on high school education. They will be equipped with the foundations and skills to achieve success in later education.


Pupil voice is used to further develop the Science curriculum, through questioning of pupil’s views and attitudes to Science to support the children’s enjoyment of science and to motivate learners. We use a variety of assessment techniques including questionnaires, tests, pupil feedback, poster making, teacher assessments to ensure that our children are knowing more, and remembering more. 


"Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them." (Psalm 111:2)

Science Progression Map

National Science Week - Making Boats

This week in the infants we have been exploring how boats float and how they move. Today we have made our own boats using empty bottles, sticks and elastic bands. The children decided what they wanted to use as a propeller in order to make their boats move forward. We had a competition who could make their boat move the furthest. 

Examples of Work


For the Year 5/6 Topic, The Alchemist we looked at magnetic and non-magnetic materials. We were amazed to find a liquid that was magnetic - we had lots of fun attracting the ferrofluid to the magnets and stretching it between 2 magnets. We were also challenged to separate magnetic and non-magnetic materials. We had to separate sand, iron-filings and ball bearings which were all in water. We used magnets, filters and a variety of sieves.

Fossil identification and classification

Year 5/6 Science Investigations

In the Y5/6 topic on mini-beasts, we had to create an ideal habitat for a woodlouse, we created different zones and placed some woodlice in the centre to see which they preferred. No woodlice were harmed in this investigation. 


The children enjoyed a visit from Mr Sutton this morning, an orthopaedic surgeon who came to discuss skeletons and bones. The children asked lots of really brilliant questions and got to look at the teaching skeleton up close. One child was even lucky enough to have his arm put into a plaster cast! Unfortunately, Miss Sutton was too engaged in the presentation to capture any other photos! 



This half term, the Y3/4 have been learning about the human digestive system!