• Children develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • Children 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
  • Children are equipped with the scientific skills required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. We understand that it is important for lessons to have a skills-based focus, and that the knowledge can be taught through this

At Durrington Infants, we seek to encourage children to be inquisitive, ask questions and develop a sense of awe and wonder for the world around them. The Science curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity in children about our universe. We aim to promote respect for the living and non-living whilst utilising the open-ended possibilities of the outdoor classroom. We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. Throughout the programmes of study, the children will acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group, as well as the application of scientific skills. We ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are built-on and developed throughout children’s time at the school so that they can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently and continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings.


Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards in science. Our science curriculum aims to bridge the link between subjects through by including the study of significant individuals over time whilst highlighting the nature of science knowledge. Typically, children at Durrington Infants will be taught science each week for a 1.5 hrs. This allows time for the incremental acquisition of skills and knowledge and time to address mis-conceptions.

Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves the following;

  •  Science will be taught in planned and arranged topic blocks by the class teacher, to have a project-based approach. This is a strategy to enable the achievement of a greater depth of knowledge.
  • Through our planning, we involve problem solving opportunities that allow children to apply their knowledge, and find out answers for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers. This curiosity is celebrated within the classroom.
  • Planning involves teachers creating engaging lessons, often involving high-quality resources such as microscopes, artefacts and ICT to aid understanding of conceptual knowledge.
  • Teachers, plan for and then use precise questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills, and assess pupils regularly to identify those children with gaps in learning, so that all pupils keep up.
  • We build upon the knowledge and skill development of the previous years. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, and they become more independent in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.
  • Working Scientifically skills are embedded into lessons to ensure these skills are being developed throughout the children’s school career and new vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching. This is developed through the years, in-keeping with the topics.
  • Teachers will encourage a high level of orally by ensuring all children are explicitly taught new vocabulary through visual scaffolds, word mats and knowledge organisers and have the opportunity to revisit vocabulary.
  • Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment, and the various Working Scientifically skills using consistent visuals on display, in order to embed scientific understanding.
  • Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning, embedded knowledge through Forest School opportunities and taking part in workshops with experts where possible.
  • Children are offered a wide range of extra-curricular activities, visits, trips and visitors to complement and broaden the curriculum. These are purposeful and link with the knowledge being taught in class.
  • Regular events, such as Science Week and enrichment days allow all pupils to come off-timetable, to provide broader provision and the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills. These events often involve families and the wider community.

To ensure whole consistency and progression, the school uses the National Curriculum framework, as well as the Durrington Infants differentiated programme of study and the progression in scientific skills document. Additionally teachers will use supporting materials such as the Knowledge Matrixes available from the Association of Science Education. Before new concepts are taught, teachers use elicitation strategies such as questioning to draw out child’s prior understanding of a topic and to identify and address misconceptions.


The successful approach at Durrington Infants results in an enjoyable, engaging, high-quality Science education, that provides children with the foundations and knowledge for understanding the world around them and a desire to continue their engagement with their science learning.  Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first hand experiences of the world around them. Frequent, continuous and progressive learning outside the classroom is embedded throughout the Science curriculum within lessons and through forest school opportunities. Through various workshops, trips and interactions with experts and local charities, children have the understanding that Science as part one of the STEM subjects has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Children learn the possibilities for careers in science, as a result of our community links and connection with national agencies such as the STEM association and work with professionals, ensuring that children have access to positive role models within the field of Science from the immediate and wider local community. From this exposure to a range of different scientists from various backgrounds, all children feel they are scientists and capable of achieving. Children at Durrington Infants overwhelmingly enjoy Science, resulting in motivated and curious learners with a confident scientific understanding.


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