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Science at Carleton Endowed CE (VA) Primary School

At Carleton Endowed Primary school we increase pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry. We intend to achieve this by fostering a natural curiosity in the children, encourage respect for living things and physical environment as well as providing opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence. 


  • Help develop and extend our children’s scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding about their world.
  • Equip pupils with the skills to live in an increasingly scientific and technological world.
  • Build on our children’s natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problems.
  • Use practical experiment and explorations to develop the skills of investigation, including: observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating.
  • Use essential scientific enquiry skills to deepen their scientific knowledge.
  • Develop the use of scientific language and recording techniques.
  • Actively make links between science and other subjects.


Planning for Science is a process in which all teachers are involved in to ensure that the school gives full coverage of, ‘The National Curriculum programmes of study for Science 2014’ and, ‘Understanding of the World’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The whole school Science long plan is based on the North Yorkshire Our Scheme of Science Work topics which provides a basis for termly and weekly planning. Teachers tailor and extend these topics to match all pupils’ needs. Teachers actively seek to provide cross-curricular learning experiences for pupils. They plan for pupils to practise and apply the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired through Science lessons in other curricular areas.


Our Science Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. We endeavour to ensure that all children achieve their maximum potential and will know more and remember more through our Science curriculum. At a classroom level, we measure the impact our curriculum through the use of regular low stakes quizzes and recall tasks against the key lines of enquiry. In addition, knowledge checks are carried out at spaced intervals, after each science unit, to track knowledge.

Science in the curriculum