Dundonald Primary School

Science - Teaching & Learning

At Dundonald, we are committed to delivering an exciting, engaging and inclusive science curriculum, which develops children’s understanding of the world and their impact on it. Children are encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice, making meaningful links to real life contexts.


EYFS Science Curriculum 2022/23

KS1 and KS2

In KS1 and KS2, children are helped to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using the following types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions:

  • Making observations over time
  • Pattern seeking
  • Identifying, classifying and grouping
  • Comparative and fair testing
  • Researching using secondary sources

Children also develop a range of ‘Working scientifically’ skills, such as planning an investigation, taking accurate measurements, gathering results, interpreting data and drawing conclusions. Opportunities for ‘working scientifically’ are embedded within the content of biology, chemistry and physics. 

Please click here for the 'DfE KS1/KS2 Science Programme of Study'. 

Science | Skills Progression

Within each unit of work, children are introduced to scientific vocabulary at a level consistent with their increasing word reading and spelling knowledge. Key vocabulary is displayed on working walls within each classroom and children are encouraged to communicate their scientific thinking using appropriate terminology.

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.

Primary Science Quality Mark

In March 2021, we were very proud to be awarded the nationally recognised Primary Science Quality Mark.

The Primary Science Quality Mark programme focuses on developing effective, confident science leadership for whole school impact on science teaching and learning. Schools that achieve PSQM demonstrate commitment and expertise in science teaching and leadership.

The PSQM Award video can be found here.  

Science at Home

Primary Science Teaching Trust | Science Fun at Home

WOW Science | Woodland TrustBBC Bitesize | KS1 Science | England

BBC Bitesize | KS2 Science | England

RSPB | Big Schools' Birdwatch