“The important thing is to never stop questioning.”- Albert Einstein

All children have an innate curiosity and wonder about the world around them. At Linthorpe Community Primary School, we aim to foster this natural interest in Science and encourage children to question and investigate in order to help them better understand their world.

Our ambitious Science Curriculum engages, challenges and encourages children to be inquisitive and clearly sets out the knowledge, skills and vocabulary that pupils gain at each stage of their learning journey. Our Knowledge Organisers provide clear end points that the curriculum is building towards and carefully sequenced lessons that ensure that pupils progress well over time.

We have high academic ambition for all of our pupils and we adapt this curriculum accordingly to meet the needs of all our children. 

Through careful planning and preparation, children gain the knowledge and scientific understanding that is required to be successful in the modern world.

Our curriculum encompasses the acquisition of knowledge alongside how to ‘think like a scientist’ to ensure children gain a deeper understanding of the world around them and encourage greater success as adults.

We provide a broad and balanced curriculum that builds on the knowledge and understanding of the world that our children develop across EYFS.

Our curriculum has continuity and progression and fosters a positive attitude to science as an interesting and exciting part of the curriculum. Children are provided with the confidence to apply their knowledge, skills and ideas in real life contexts both within and outside the classroom and are aware of the uses of science in the wider world.

Via an enriched National Curriculum+ offer, our ‘Enhance & Excel’ programme and our ‘50 Fantastic Things’, we ensure that children have as many opportunities to make meaningful links to real life contexts and experiences.

Big ideas of Science

Our Science Curriculum breaks the National Curriculum into the following ‘Big ideas of Science’.

These are:

Plants, Living things and their habitats, Animals including humans, Light, Sound, Earth and space, States of matter, Rocks, Forces, Properties of materials, Seasons, Evolution, and Electricity.

Useful Links

Science Topic Schema Map

Primary National Curriculum Science


Curriculum progression   Laying the foundations in Science

Y1 Everyday materials

Y2 Animals inc. Humans

Y3 Light

Y4 Electricity

Y5 Forces