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 What we want our children to learn in Science at Ghyllgrove 

The 2014 national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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
  • are equipped with the scientific skills required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.


We understand that it is important for children to aquire the knowledge and skills in a progressive manner in in a way which allows them to build on their past experiences of Science. We use a ‘topic-based’ approach to facilitate this.


At Ghyllgrove, we want children to be inquisitive throughout their time here and beyond.  The Science curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity in children about our world and beyond! Through different topics during the academic year, children will develop key scientific knowledge and skills in key areas that have been identified by the National Curriculum:

  • Working scientifically
  • Plants, animal, humans, evolution & inheritance
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Materials, rocks  and states of matter
  • Forces and magnets
  • Earth and space
  • Light, sound and electricity


We have planned our topics so that the key skills and knowledge are systemically built on throughout their time at Ghyllgrove. The Science curriculum at Ghyllgrove is designed to ensure that children are able to acquire key scientific knowledge through practical experiences; using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts and findings confidently.  At Ghyllgrove there are also opportunities to explore Science through school trips and scientists visiting the school to help children to relate what they are learning to how Science is used every day and the jobs it is used in.


We also regularly take part in National events, including ‘British Science Week’. This gives the children the chance to work off timetable on a specific Science project throughout the day and feed back to their peers on their findings.  2023’s theme is ‘Connections’ where the focus will be on the links between animals and their habitats.