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Science Vision/Intent Statement

At Denfield Park Primary School our vision is to give children a Science curriculum which enables them to explore and discover the world around them, confidently, so that they have a deeper understanding of the world we live in. To achieve this it involves exciting, well-resourced, practical hands on experiences that encourage curiosity and questioning.

At Denfield Park Primary School we follow the National Curriculum units for Science with lessons being organized in a variety of ways e.g weekly lessons or blocks of lessons, throughout both key stages. Early years deliver Science through focus sessions and continuous provision.

Our aim is that these stimulating and challenging experiences help children secure and extend their scientific knowledge and vocabulary.  Where appropriate, cross-curricular links are made. Our curriculum aims to inspire and excite our children and foster a thirst for knowledge.

Progression is ensured through the use of PiXL progression documents (both child and teacher), and teacher planning. This enables the children’s prior skills, vocabulary and understanding to be built upon. The PiXL Primary scheme encourages curiosity and helps to develop the children’s enquiry skills, and establishes basic understanding in biology, chemistry and physics.

Each unit provides teacher assessment and child self- assessment criteria, which allows teacher and child to identify gaps in learning.

We believe that these opportunities will ensure that our children are confident, life-long learners who will be equipped for the ever-changing world around them.


Liz Jones & Lucy Peden

Assembly Launch

We try to give children a range of opportunities to investigate so they are enthusiastic about the subject. One of the ways we do this is by running a Science Week, which has allowed for children to experiment and work alongside scientists from the local community.  During our 2019 Science Week, the theme was based around 'Journeys'.

The theme was chosen to commemorate 25 years since the opening of the Channel Tunnel.

We launched the week with a special assembly with guest speaker Sam Mallett.  


Reception explored: floating and sinking, waterproofing and made a flying rocket.

Year 1 looked at magnetism, travelling liquids and made a flying helicopter. They also had fun making paper caterpillars move.

Year 2 made flying aeroplanes and hoop gliders. They carried out a marble investigation. Then made their own marble runs.

Year 3 made flying aeroplances, gliders and helicopters. They predicted how they would fly-the fastest, furthest and highest and then they tested them in groups.

Year 4 looked at the Euro Tunnel and engineering wonders of the world.  They also did some sports experiments to test theories such as boys as boys can run further than girls.

Year 5 tested the air resistance on spinners, seeing whether the material and size of the spinner affected how long it took to reach the ground.