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Science at Codnor Primary School reflects the purposeful journey for the whole child. The subject gives children a strong understanding of the world around them while teaching specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.

Science provides foundations for understanding the world, where scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each topic. The skills are revisited and developed throughout their time at school to help them remember their learning. Children are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including observation, planning and investigation, as well as being encouraged to question the world around them. Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and built up.

We aim to create scientists of the future and develop the natural curiosity and fascination about the world around them. They are encouraged to be curious, ask questions about what they observe and explore these ideas through their own investigations. Our children explain what is occurring, predict how things may behave, and analyse cause and effect.


  • The ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that it brings. 
  • Confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations. 
  • Excellent scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.
  • High levels of originality, imagination or innovation in the application of skills.
  • The ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork.
  • A passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies.


Through sequences of lessons and topics, pupils' scientific knowledge, understanding and skills are built, reinforced, and transferred into other contexts, allowing children to deepen their understanding and remember what they learn.


Our pupils leave Codnor Primary School with the knowledge to think, act, and speak like a scientist, and they value the transference of these skills into their everyday life, in education and beyond.