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Science at Rakegate Primary School


Science at Rakegate is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world through investigation. Our intent is that Science is built up through asking questions, testing out ideas and a practical ways of finding answers to questions we may ask about the world around us. This is then implemented in weekly Science lessons across the school that follow the National Curriculum guidance as well as developing our school value of encouraging the children to be inquisitive. Our lessons show progression which enables us to ensure that children’s scientific understanding is consistently being built upon. It provides clear, differentiated structure for our science curriculum. The impact of this is that the children will leave us with the skills to ask and answer their own questions as well as having a thirst for knowledge.


Rakegate Vision for Science

  • To provide real-life opportunities for learning. Children learn through investigations and experiments which spark their interest.

  • We encourage children to think as scientists and make their own observations and conclusions.

  • Within Science lessons we encourage the use of high-level scientific vocabulary when talking and writing about our world.

  • All children are challenged through questioning and content.

  • We aim to spark and develop curiosity about natural phenomena in all children and allow them to develop their own interests.

  • To recognise the link between Science and all other subjects and our lessons include a variety of extended writing, data analysis and other cross-curricular links. 

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National Curriculum Science Requirements

The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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

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