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The Impact of the Science curriculum



  At Gawber, we provide a high quality and balanced Science curriculum so that children when they leave Gawber have the foundations they need to recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. As Rosalind Franklin said, ‘Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.’ As a result, we give the teaching and learning of Science high prominence and continually strive to improve the experiences which we provide for our children.


   Children leave Gawber with a real love for Science. They are enthused about Science throughout their time at Gawber while learning through our broad and balanced curriculum in which teachers expose children to high quality teaching and learning experiences.


   Children are immersed in key scientific vocabulary, which supports in the acquisition of scientific knowledge and understanding throughout school. Children at Gawber hear and speak with a quality and variety of language so that they can articulate scientific concepts clearly and precisely.


  Our curriculum, as well as ensuring a high level of understanding of core Scientific processes, enables children to become enquiry-based learners, collaborating through researching, investigating and evaluating experiences. 


  Teachers encourage children to ask questions about the world around them and work scientifically to further their conceptual understanding and scientific knowledge. Children at Gawber, therefore understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. 


   Children at Gawber, have an abundance of chances to ‘work scientifically’ and throughout their time at Gawber focus on the key features of scientific enquiry and use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions. By the end of Key stage 2 all children will be able to use and recognise these types of scientific enquiry:

  • Observing over time
  • Pattern seeking
  • Identifying, classifying and grouping
  • Comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations)
  • Researching using secondary sources.


   By the end of Key Stage 2, children are able to seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data. This in turn will allow children at Gawber to be ready to progress further in Key Stages 3 and 4 as they will have built up sufficient understanding of science to engage meaningfully in more sophisticated discussion of experimental design and control in their future learning experiences.


Science teaching at Gawber will allow all children by the end of Key Stage 2 to:

  • Have developed scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • Have developed 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
  • Be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future
  • Demonstrate a love of science work and an interest in further study and work in this field
  • Retain knowledge that is pertinent to Science with a real-life context.
  • Be able to question ideas and reflect on knowledge.
  • Be able to articulate their understanding of scientific concepts and be able to reason scientifically using rich language linked to science.
  • Demonstrate resilience and creativity while working through STEM activities and use their mathematical skills through their work, organising, recording and interpreting results.
  • Work collaboratively and practically to investigate and experiment.
  • Achieve age related expectations in Science at the end of their cohort year.


  When they leave Gawber, children will have experienced a fun, engaging, high quality science education so that they possess the foundations for understanding the world that they can take with them into their future learning and life.