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Dundonald Primary

Teaching & Learning Science

Science is taught to a great extent as part of our creative curriculum, and will often form the focus for a topic: from Ready, Steady, Grow! in Year 1, centered around the study of plants and the text of Jack and the Beanstalk to Evolution in Year 6, which looks at the discoveries and legacy of Charles Darwin.

Within the National Curriculum, children are expected to: 

  • 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 knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

The generic skills of working scientifically – among them planning a fair test, predicting results, measuring, recording and presenting them, for example - are taught alongside and through the substantive content in the programmes of study, which are divided into two-year phases, for Years 1 & 2, 3 & 4 and 5 & 6.

We supplement our Science study whenever possible with hands on and practical experiences for the children such as trips to Kew Gardens or the Science or Natural History museums or more local facilities such as Morden Hall Park or Wimbledon Common.