Knayton C of E Primary Academy

Proud to be part of Elevate Multi Academy Trust

Stockton Road, Knayton, Thirsk, YO7 4AN

01845 537291

Executive Headteacher: Mrs A Clay



As one of the core subjects we give the teaching and learning of science the profile it requires. We believe every child can develop an enthusiasm and sense of excitement for scientific learning and discovery. We prioritise teaching of essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science in our world today. 

Our intent is for children to: 

  • Challenge our children, through a safe and happy learning environment and engage and excite our children about science through real, relevant and purposeful learning
  • Inspire a passion for learning in our children and build confidence to ask questions, take risks and extend their scientific knowledge
  • Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of enquiries
  • Achieve their absolute potential by having the highest expectations of their learning and be confident to ask questions, take risks and extend their scientific knowledge
  • Develop the essential scientific enquiry skills to deepen their scientific knowledge
  • Use a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner
  • Develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle with regard to their own, and other children’s safety 
  • Understand the importance of science in today’s world and inspire them for their future
  • Ensure that any gaps in learning, as a result of COVID, are closed and pupils meet age related expectations in science
  • Understand the importance of science in today's world and prepare and inspire our children for further learning in science.


  We implement our science approach through: 


  • In EYFS, science is taught through a play-based curriculum that encourages children to explore the natural world and mathematical concepts through enhancing provision for children to explore scientific concepts such as melting, freezing, floating and sinking
  • We promote children’s independence to choose ways to do things and promote their curiosity. In EYFS, we encourage outside visitors to come and speak to the children to promote opportunities for awe and wonder!
  • Science is taught for one afternoon a week through focus groups and challenges
  • Children have individual science books and a working wall in the classroom to scaffold and support their learning
  • Lessons include ‘focus tasks’ which every child completes which are linked to National Curriculum objectives. The children then have a choice of additional activities to further learning, practise retrieval and apply their knowledge to different contexts
  • Children have individual science books and a working wall in the classroom to scaffold and support their learning
  • Working walls reflect what is being taught, vocabulary, relevant diagrams, photos and knowledge organisers
  • Books that are high quality and show a range of evidence. Teachers have the highest expectations and children are proud of their work
  • A creative and innovative approach using a range of high quality resources and teaching methods
  • Excellent nurture and relationships between teacher and children allow them to take risks in their learning, allowing all children opportunities to access greater depth learning 
  • Working scientifically skills are embedded into every lesson to ensure these skills are being developed throughout
  • The use of knowledge organisers to enable children to remember what they have been taught long term
  • There are regular opportunities for children to learn outdoors, undertaking experiments and applying their skills as scientists
  • Learning across the curriculum is sequentially planned to build on knowledge and skills 


The impact of our science approach:

  • Children have a deep knowledge of scientific theories and how this can impact in the wider world
  • Children can demonstrate their scientific knowledge and skills through written and practical resources
  • Children are curious to find out how and why


Please click here for our science curriculum progression document:

Every science investigation relates to one of the five types of scientific enquiry:

Here's what our children say:

"I love science because we get to investigate with things, like when we dissected a pig's heart, that was amazing!"

"Science is my favourite subject because we get to experiment and use loads of fun resources."

"I love science because it's always so fun and exciting!"

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