Dothill Primary School


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Statement of Intent

At Dothill Primary School:

Children have weekly lessons in Science throughout Key Stage 1 and 2, using various programmes of study and resources. In Early years, science is taught through the children learning about the world around them in their learning through play. Dothill Primary School is in a unique position of being surrounded by a Nature Reserve. All pupils, once at Dothill, automatically become Junior Friends of Dothill Nature Reserve and are given many opportunities to use the reserve as part of science learning.

In EYFS, the children explore the school grounds using that as a stimulus for their work, in the summer they are given the opportunity to experience areas of the Nature Reserve.

Years 1 to 6 have planned opportunities to link science curriculum work to the Nature Reserve, in addition year 6 visit Arthog which broadens their knowledge and understanding of the science curriculum by taking part in The John Muir Award.

The successful approach at Dothill Primary results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world. Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first- hand experiences of the world around them. So much of science lends itself to outdoor learning and so we provide children with opportunities to experience this. Through various workshops, trips and interactions with experts, for example The Wildlife Trust, the Environment Agency, Small Woods Organisation, F.D.N.R and University Professors, our pupils have the understanding that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Children learn the possibilities for careers in science as a result of our community links and connection with national agencies such as the STEM association. 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.

What are the skills we will learn in science?


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Working Scientifically Skills

The nature, processes and methods of science ‘Working scientifically’ specifies the understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science for each year group and this is embedded within lessons and focuses on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions. These types of scientific enquiry include: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources. Pupils are given opportunity to seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data.



Ask scientific questions


Present results


Plan and set up an enquiry


Interpret results

·         answer the question


Observe closely


Draw conclusions (KS2)

·         explain the results using knowledge


Take measurements


Make a prediction (KS2)


Gather and record results


Evaluate an enquiry (KS2)


Assessment for learning is continuous throughout the planning, teaching and learning cycle. However children are more formally assessed  in KS1 and KS2 using a variety of methods:-

● Observing children at work, individually, in pairs, in a group, and in classes.

● Questioning, talking and listening to children

● Considering work/materials / investigations produced by children together with discussion about this with them.

In line with the KWL strategy, children identify what they know already about each topic, as well as what they would like to know. The programme of study takes is responsive to the children’s starting points, as well as their specific interests. It also ensures a focus on the key identified knowledge of each topic, which is mapped within and across year groups to ensure progression. At the end of each blocked science topic, this key knowledge is checked. Outcomes of work also evidence its acquisition.

In EYFS, we assess the children’s Understanding of the World according to the Development Matters statements and some aspects of  Art, Design and Technology are also science based.

National Curriculum for Science   

Key vocabulary for Science 

KS1 Working Scientifically ARE's     LKS2 Working Scientifically ARE's   

UKS2 Working Scientifically ARE


KS1 Types of Enquiry   KS2 Types of Enquiry   UKS2 Types of Enquiry

Photographs of work carried out on Dothill Nature Reserve

Recovery Curriculum for Science



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