Nook Lane Junior School Subject Overviews - Science


At Nook Lane Junior School, children receive high-quality Science lessons that enable them to develop a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them think scientifically, gain an understanding of scientific processes and also understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future. Teaching ensures that children will acquire the knowledge and understanding above through engaging and purposeful scientific enquiry, enabling them to answer scientific questions.

We aim to stimulate and ignite children's curiosity through finding out why things happen in the way they do and it is our vision to instil a lifelong love of science within our pupils through engagement and inspiration. Scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each topic that the children study and these topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at school enabling enduring connections and fostering deeper understanding.

All children are encouraged to question the world around them and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their scientific-based questions in order to appreciate the way Science will affect their future on a personal, national, and global level, enabling children to become responsible global citizens. We want pupils to think critically and communicate their ideas in a variety of different ways using a well-developed scientific vocabulary.


At Nook Lane Junior School, we aspire to help children develop as scientists, building progressively each year on the following Science key intentions:

SC1  Children will develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
SC2  Children acquire the necessary skills to and ask questions, some of which children devise themselves, about change, cause, similarity, difference and significance and investigate by carrying out fair and comparative tests.
SC3  Children can observe and measure changes and reflect upon these.
SC4  Children can identify, classify, record and present data and results of increasing complexity.
SC5  Children acquire the skills to use knowledge and scientific evidence to draw conclusions, notice patterns and present findings.
SC6  Children develop the necessary skills to use scientific evidence and secondary sources of information to support and refute scientific ideas.

Key Concepts

Throughout their learning, children will develop an in-depth understanding of the following concepts that are continually returned to and discussed within each unit of learning so they can answer the 'bigger questions' listed below:

  1. Working Scientifically - How does asking questions, designing enquiries, reasoning and arguing with Scientific evidence and analysing and interpreting data help us to improve as scientists and learn more about the world around us?
  2. Adaptation - What processes have taken place to allow animals, plants and other living things to thrive and reproduce?
  3. Changes - How do things change over time and why do these changes occur?
  4. Forces and energy - What do you understand about forces and energy? How do we use these to achieve a specific outcome?
  5. Properties - What properties of materials allow them to be used for different purposes?

Design Technology Key Intentions and Concepts





  Our Science key intentions
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  • Units of study that are a requirement of the national curriculum have been mapped-out for each year group (see Science overview of learning)
  • Key knowledge, skills and understanding are identified at the start of each Science unit of work that link back to our key intentions, ensuring that all they key intentions are covered at least once within each history unit of work.
  • All Science lessons are designed to link to at least one of our Science key intentions and our curriculum intentions.
  • Children are given the opportunity to complete memory mats each lesson helping children to revise key learning each week to help children commit learning to their long-term memory.
  • Scientific skills are mapped-out progressively within each year group ensuring that children make progress in their skillset year-on-year.


  • Children will develop a love for Science and enquiring minds that seek to ask and scientifically answer questions.
  • Age related outcomes in Science will be above the national average in Science.
  • Children will retain knowledge that is pertinent to Science with a real life context.
  • Children will be able to question ideas and reflect on knowledge.
  • Children will work collaboratively and practically to investigate and experiment.
  • Children will be able to explain the process they have taken and be able to reason scientifically.

Overview of Learning

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 3 Light and how we see things.   Rocks and soils. Forces and magnets. Plants and how they live and reproduce. Understanding animals including humans.
Year 4 Animals including humans. Sound and pitch. Electrical sources. States of matter. Classifying living things.  
Year 5 Life Cycles. Gravity and friction. Earth & Space Changes that happen to the human body.
Reversible & Irreversible Materials
Year 6 Light linked to making trench periscopes. Animals including humans. Evolution and inheritance. Living things and their habitats. Electricity and circuits.  

Example Science Unit Overview

Example Science unit overview - an example of a unit of work, showing the sequencing and progression as well as links to key concepts and vocabulary.


Our Curriculum: Science subject booklet gives full details of:

  • National Curriculum, and
  • Knowledge & Skills Progression

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