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Shibden Head Primary Academy


‘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)


shpa science intent implementation and impact statement.pdf


smsc within science.pdf


 Science Vocabulary

science vocabulary progression document 2023 24 sum term.pdf


Long Term Plan

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

Accompanying these main objectives are key juicy knowledge statements that the children need to know by the end of the topic. These feature clearly on the Long Term Plans in school under the headings ‘sticky Knowledge’. Our Long Term plan addresses the objectives outlined in the National Curriculum and is designed to be a progressive curriculum from Reception to Year 6.

Each classroom has a science working wall that always displays key vocabulary that the children will need in their lessons.


science long term overview.pdf


PSQM (Primary Science Quality Mark)

  • Achieved Silver Award in 2015.
  • Reaccredited PSQM Gilt 2020

How it works in class:

  • Staff use the ‘sticky Knowledge’ as outlined on the Long Term Plan as a guide to ensure all the National Curriculum Objectives are covered. From this, a pre and post learning task is created 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 points and ensure that their learning is catered for.
  • There are some opportunities provided for children to choose their own way of investigating using the named working scientifically strands (Identifying, classifying and grouping, comparative and fair testing, pattern seeking, observing over time and research using secondary resources).
  • Cross curricular links are made between other core subjects (Maths – data, English – reading and writing, Design Technology – STEM). Children are encouraged to research ideas and make these links. It is often seen through homework tasks given linked through our Learning Challenge Curriculum during the Spring term.
  • Science is taught in class on a weekly basis and through a thematic curriculum one half term across the year. Each class explores a STEM themed question, often linked to previous Science learning or an English topic.

Year 1            Which materials make the best house?

Year 2            Which materials are best for the mission?

Year 3            How wonderful a wizard are you?

Year 4            What happens from the Chew to the Loo?

Year 5            Can you investigate the wonders of science?

Year 6            Are you a super scientist?

 Whole School Topic Plans:

whole school science topic plans for 22 23.pdf


British Science Week 2024 

The theme this year was 'Time' to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of BSW. 
Our pupils enjoyed celebrating in school as well as at home.