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Subject Leadership 

Subject Leader: Mrs Laura Bradley


Children are naturally fascinated by everything in the world around them and Science makes a valuable contribution to their understanding. In our school, Science allows children to build their curiosity  and develop their ideas to enable them to make sense of the world in which they live. ​

We encourage children to think about the impact that Science has had on our lives up to now by learning about Scientists in a variety of fields. We also encourage the children to think about the impact of Science for the future by discussing current affairs. ​

Our Science curriculum is designed to enable the children to gain both knowledge and skills in a variety of topics. We ensure that the children have a vast range of opportunities to work scientifically through hands on experiences to develop and apply their skills throughout their time at St Paul's. One of the key principles that underpins our curriculum is career readiness. By giving the children these practical experiences, we aim to develop enthusiasm about Science to encourage children to consider possible future careers in this area. ​

As well as these opportunities for practical work, we enhance pupils’ cultural capital by providing opportunities to use ambitious scientific vocabulary, experience a range of visitors, and go on exciting trips. Children also have an outdoor adventure learning session each half term and the opportunity to take part in our Bushcraft club which incorporate Science knowledge and working scientifically skills. ​

Any learning surrounding the human life-cycle or body is in line with national curriculum expectations and closely follows our school’s policy for RSE. ​

The aims of teaching Science at Hoddlesden St Paul’s: ​

  • To teach Science in an enjoyable, purposeful and practical way.​

  • To encourage curiosity.​

  • To provide opportunities to discover answers and satisfy curiosity as to how things work, in a stimulating environment.​

  • To develop pupils’ enthusiasm towards Science and an appreciation of its contribution to all aspects of everyday life. ​

  • To make links between Science and STEM.​

  • To use a planned range of investigations and practical activities to give pupils a greater understanding of concepts. ​

  • To foster an interest and enthusiasm towards scientific enquiry.​

  • For children to question the world around them and attempt to answer those questions through scientific enquiry.​

  • To ensure a detailed coverage of Scientific skills in line with the National Curriculum and our bespoke, whole school CUBE curriculum.​

  • For children to think about how the subject has changed and is changing our lives, not just in the past, but also how it will change our lives in the future​

  • To teach children to use equipment safely and sensibly.​

The National Curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils: ​

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. ​

  • 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.​

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

Science Vocabulary Progression Document

Policy (reviewed Jan 24)


Extra curricular opportunities are vital in further developing children's love for learning. They are proven to further enhance educational outcomes and enable children to flourish in a variety of curriculum areas.

We have a varied Science enrichment offer of:

  • STEM Club 
  • Forest School 
  • Bushcraft 
  • MAD Science

Bushcraft club

Start children off on the way they should go and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
- Proverbs 22:6