‘Shibden Succeeding At Science’

Aims and Objectives

Our Science Policy follows The National Curriculum 2014 for Science Guidelines and 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 (National Curriculum 2014)

Shibden Head Approach

The Science curriculum at Shibden Head is organised through contextualised units, based upon the requirements of the National Curriculum, but it is also designed for each year group to run their Learning Challenge activities alongside it.

Science lessons have clear aim and purpose, which develop interest and attitudes. Lessons allow children to explore, observe and develop their ideas whilst also developing logical thinking and relationships. Children are able to pose questions, communicate ideas, acquire knowledge and skills whilst interpreting findings critically.

Teaching methods are varied to suit the concepts and draw on ideas from the children where possible. Children are encouraged to record their ideas and findings in a variety of ways (Science Policy 2018)

Long Term Plan

Each year group covers a number of National Curriculum objectives in each domain over the course of the school year.

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 1 Everyday Materials Living Things – Humans Seasonal Change Plants Seasonal Change Living Things – Animals
Seasonal Change – on-going
Year 2 Living Things and their Habitats Everyday Materials Plants
Year 3 Light and Shadow Plants Rocks and Soils Magnets Animals Including

Humans –

Muscles and Bones

Animals Including Humans -Food and Fitness
Year 4 Electricity Solids Liquids and Gases


Living Things and Their Habitats-Humans Sound Living Things and

Their Habitats-Animals

Year 5 Animals including Humans


Properties and Changes of Materials Earth and Space Forces Living Things and their Habitats
Year 6 Evolution and Inheritance


Living Things and Their Habitats Forces


Animals including humans  Electricity

 ‘Shibden Head Are Succeeding At Science’

This is our motto and is consistently referred to throughout school and is visible in every classroom on our working walls. The walls also feature our topic heading, weird words, science shirts and ‘Our Super Scientist’ of the week. The walls are designed for the children to use during topic work, alongside our core principles (bubbles).

PSQM (Primary Science Quality Mark)

  • Achieved Silver Award in 2015.
  • Going for ‘Gilt’ award (under new award system) currently and hope to achieve this in Spring 2020.

Aims this time:

  • Improve working scientifically elements around school and incorporate use of floor books.
  • Make use of outdoor learning facilities to enhance children’s learning.
  • Develop after school activities around Science.
  • Use Science principles in the same way we use our Metacognitive symbols and strategies in class.

How it works in class:

  • Staff use Rising Stars and the Long Term Plan as a guide to ensure all the National Curriculum Objectives are covered. Rising Stars offers a pre and post learning task that measures the progress that children make across a topic under the science strands of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. It offers staff the opportunity to find children’s starting point and ensure their learning is catered for. Each class has a file that keeps a record of their achievements and understanding around the objectives.
  • There are some opportunities provided for children to choose their own way of investigating using the eight named working scientifically strands (Questioning, observing and measuring, gathering and recording data, identifying and classifying, investigating, presenting data, performing tests and planning).
  • Cross curricular links are made between other core subjects (Maths – data, English – reading and writing) Children are encouraged to research ideas and make these links. This is often through homework tasks linked to our Learning Challenge Curriculum.
  • Science is taught in class on a weekly basis and through a thematic curriculum one half term across the year. Each class explores a Science themed question.

Year 1            Do I need a coat today?

Year 2            Can you be a materials magician?

Year 3            How wonderful a wizard are you?

Year 4            What happens from the Chew to the Loo?

Year 5            Will we ever send another human to the Moon?

Year 6            Are you a super scientist?