At Austrey and Newton Regis, our science curriculum inspires pupils to be naturally curious about the world around them. It has been developed to ensure a full coverage of the National Curriculum and more. It fosters a sense of wonder about natural phenomena. The enquiry-based approach maximises a range of scientific skills such as questioning, researching and observing. All staff are committed to providing a stimulating, engaging and challenging learning environment. Throughout our schools there is consistencies across both key stages with well-planned vocabulary that builds on prior learning, broadening knowledge as children progress into “maturing scientist” ready for KS3.  We celebrate scientists of all ethnic origin, gender, class or disability, relevant to our school and the current climate of our ever-changing world.

“A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. 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. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.” (The 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England, Science, page 144)

National Curriculum for Science

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Cycle A

Autumn 1Animals including humans (animals)Living things and their habitats
Food chains
The Ocean
Properties of materials
Autumn 2Famous scientists and inventors
Ole Christensen
Louis Pasteur
Alexander Graham Bell
Rocks, fossils and soils  Fossils and Mary Anning
Spring 1Animals including humans (humans)
Staying Healthy
Forces and Magnets  Micro-organisms
Spring 2Uses of everyday materials 
Charles Macintosh
John Dunlop
John McAdam  
Light and shadows  The circulatory system
Summer 1Plants and habitats States of matter and the water cycle  Classifying plants and animals
Living things and their habitats
Summer 2Food chainsDigestion and teeth  Life cycles of insects and birds  

Cycle B

Autumn 1Weather and seasons
Autumn and Winter
Living things and their habitats
Food Chains
Autumn 2Trees and the environmentSkeletons and MusclesEarth and space
Spring 1Everyday materials  NutritionAdaption and classification
Spring 2Victorian Scientists and Inventors
Margaret E Knight
George Washington Carver
William Henry Fox Talbot
SoundEvolution and inheritance
Summer 1Minibeasts and LifecyclesPlantsFamous Scientists and Mathematicians
Ada Lovelace
Alan Turing Fibonacci  
Summer 2Weather and seasons
Spring and Summer
ElectricityForces and Gravity