Welcome back to Term Five! We hope you had a lovely Easter holiday!

MillbrookPrimary School

"Believe Achieve Succeed"


'Believe Achieve Succeed'


Being a Scientist


Scientists study the natural and physical world. They look for patterns and explain how and why things are the way they are across our universe. To be a scientist is to enquire, observe and investigate in order to understand how things work. 


A high-quality Science education provides the foundations for understanding the world. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. All pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand work scientifically through a range of practical tasks, always ‘thinking like a scientist’. 


The intent of our science curriculum

Our intent for the science curriculum is to ensure that all pupils:

•          Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific scientific disciplines: biology, chemistry, physics and geology

•          Develop understanding of enquiry types, including observation, identifying and classifying and fair, comparative testing

•          Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.



At Millbrook Primary School our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills, and understanding, as well as a sense of enjoyment in Science. We do this through whole-class and small group teaching, engaging the children with practical activities. We have adopted a child-led approach to Science, allowing children to investigate the questions that they want answers to, within their given unit. Through working scientifically, children all children will gain the skills and knowledge to succeed. 


We encourage the children to ask, as well as answer, scientific questions. They have the opportunity to use a variety of data, such as statistics, graphs, pictures, and photographs. They use ICT in Science lessons where it enhances their learning. They take part in role-play and discussions and they present reports to the rest of the class. They engage in a wide variety of problem-solving activities. Wherever possible, we involve the pupils in practical activities as these increase enthusiasm and motivation and provide first-hand experience.


Teachers assess children’s work in Science by making informal judgements as they observe them during lessons. On completion of a piece of work, the teacher assesses the work, commenting and feeding back as necessary. At the end of the year, the teacher makes a summary judgement about the work of each pupil in relation to the skills they have.



Science Curriculum Matrix

Science Leadership Team

Science Layer 2 - Skills and Knowledge