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At Alwoodley we believe Science should inspire, enthuse and enable children to find out about the world around them and how it works.

Intent, Implementation and Impact


Science is the study of nature and how things work, the reasons behind every-day things. It’s about making strange, mysterious, and complicated things become things we understand. It is about measuring and testing things, and trying to find rules about how things work by testing them fairly. Working scientifically helps develop critical thinking skills, and has lots of links to other subjects, especially Maths and Design Technology. At Alwoodley we try to make Science lessons as practical and enjoyable as possible - we have lots of children and teachers who love Science here!



In school our wider intent is to make learning meaningful and memorable. Alwoodley Primary School uses the Snap Science programme as a basis for teaching a curriculum based on the spirit of enquiry. The children at Alwoodley have said that they enjoy Science because it is a hands on subject, and our teachers try to use real life and practical activities as often as possible. Our aim is to nurture the children’s inquisitive nature, and to allow them to ask and answer questions better by teaching them how to think scientifically. We hope that by doing this, the children will have a better appreciation of the role of Science in society, and the importance of thinking critically.

At Alwoodley Primary, our Science curriculum follows the National Curriculum and provides children with an array of enriching opportunities, with a strong focus on practical learning. Our children carry out a range of experiments and investigations, beginning in EYFS all the way through to the end of KS2. The lessons that the children are taught in school have a focus on the 5 different lines of enquiry:

  • observation over time
  • identifying and classifying
  • pattern seeking
  • research
  • comparative and fair testing

We use a range of strategies to assess what skills and knowledge the children have attained each term including the following:

  • Book looks
  • Use of super six 
  • Pupil Voice 
  • Regular feedback each lesson
  • A well maintained benchmarking folder



    Science Policy

    SMSC in Science

    Primary Science National Curriculum

    Alwoodley Primary Science Core Principles


    Long Term Plan 2021/2022 - see how our intent is implemented across the school.


    Year 1 Scientists - Finding out about and labelling body parts

    Year 4 Scientists- Researching and classifying animal groups.

    Super Year 5 Scientists - Sorting and experimenting

    Yera 6 Scientists - Exploring blood components and experimenting with gases.


    We asked our pupils what words they associate with Science and made a word cloud with their responses.