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How do we teach Science

We follow the National Curriculum to structure our science curriculum, as we know that this means our curriculum is ambitious for all pupils. Here is a link to the national curriculum for science.   
At St Alban’s we teach science discretely.

For science, we have thought carefully about how we sequence learning over time and have broken down learning into small steps or building blocks, starting from when children enter primary school until they leave. At each step, we consider what specific knowledge and understanding we want our pupils to know and remember at each stage of their learning and in each subject. The end of the Foundation Stage, KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2 are key end points for each of these building blocks of our curriculum. We know what we want our pupils to know and remember at each of these end points, focusing on what will be most useful to them, and have sequenced lessons over time to reach those end points.

To enhance our planning and instruction, we utilize the Switched on Science Scheme of Work. This scheme offers comprehensive coverage of the primary science programmes of study, ensuring that all key areas are addressed. By employing this scheme of work, children gain access to a wide range of contexts that facilitate the development and integration of scientific concepts and skills.

Features of our curriculum

Key Scientists 

As part of each unit of science, children are introduced to significant scientists who have contributed and worked in that particular area of science. They learn about the impact these individuals have had on developments in science and that scientific ideas are constantly changing as time passes.

Linked text 

Each year group have allocated text for each discipline. Children’s stories provide a great context for Science. Narratives will link literacy to the science curriculum and Non-fiction text at the year group level will inform of knowledge needed within the area. 

Sticky knowledge

Within each year group there is knowledge identified which is the core knowledge to be taught and that it is intended the children will remember. This includes ‘fun facts’ which will encourage the children to find out more for themselves.

Science in Action at St Alban's


At St Alban’s we encourage children to take responsibility for the environment.   

All classes embrace a sense of responsibility for the environment and this is led by ‘House Jericho’, who are our Eco Warrior group with responsibility for encouraging others to care for our environment.  Our Eco Warriors help to care for our school environment: they help others to follow our eco-code, monitor our energy use in the school and encourage teachers and children to recycle.

They have introduced new recycling bins into all classrooms and have encouraged children to use them appropriately. Through the work of the Eco Warriors, we are preparing children to be scientists for the future. and giving them the opportunity to develop skills such as confidence, communication and negotiation.

House Jericho’s Achievements

  • Walk to school week.
  • Paper recycling bins in every classroom
  • They deliver regular assemblies on how we can care for the environment- including eco present wrapping.
  • Fund raising for the school garden.
  • After school and lunchtime gardening club.
  • Writing to local business to support our outdoor area.
  • Planting trees in the school grounds.


Outdoor learning and class gardens

At St Alban’s we like to keep our curriculum simple. Our outside area, including our school garden resources our curriculum.

  • Children investigate habitats and plants that they grow in science.
  • We have selected specific foods to grow in our garden that children pick and include in their cooking for design and technology projects.

School's Science Coordinator

Science Lead

Mrs Whyman

Hello. My name is Mrs Whyman and I am the Science lead at St Alban's.

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