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Bishop Pursglove C of E Primary School

Reach Higher, Think Deeper, Love Wider


‘Science consists of observing the world by watching, listening and recording. Science is curiosity in thoughtful action about the world and how it behaves.’ Nasa Science


At Bishop Pursglove, Science is one of our core subjects alongside English and Maths. Our Science curriculum fosters children’s natural curiosity starting with our very youngest pupils in our EYFS class. We aim to deliver an exciting and stimulating Science curriculum which encourages children to be inquisitive and develop transferable skills and a deeper understanding of the world in which they live.


We encourage children to discover, make links and pose questions ensuring that our pupils develop an understanding of the implications and uses of Science now and in the future. 

The National Curriculum Programme of study for Science explains the statutory learning objectives and topics studied in Years 1 to 6.


Wider Curriculum

In Science, we will teach and support our pupils to build a deep web of knowledge that they can recall and draw on to make connections as they progress through each Key Stage. At Bishop Pursglove, we ensure that every child will have countless opportunities to enquire, investigate and analyse their findings during their time with us. We promise to make Science real and relevant, memorable and exciting.



Learning in science is all about innovation, discovery and research.  Careers in science are genuinely some of the most exciting, interesting and significant out there, they are diverse.  It’s all about improving people’s lives, improving commercial enterprises and developing knowledge and understanding of people, nature, the world and the universe. The teaching and learning of science supports careers, such as:


  • Clinical psychologist
  • Clinical scientist (various fields)
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Doctor
  • Forensic scientist
  • Meteorologist
  • Nurse
  • Pharmacist
  • Researcher


Scientist Coverage

At Bishop Pursglove, we follow the Cornerstones Curriculum, however we adapt this to meet the local needs of our children and enrichment opportunities. The complete lists of scientists that we will cover can be found in our school’s medium term plans, as these are related to our topics. We will however cover a wide variety of men and women from different cultures, inspirational scientists who are living with different disabilities, alongside covering scientists that are both alive and dead.



Sometimes science and spiritual ideas do cause conflict but in a modern society it is important to understand why these conflicts arise so that we can respect the views of others and move forward. Through Spiritual development at Bishop Pursglove, we allow children to experience: awe and wonder, explore the values and beliefs of others, understand human feelings and emotions and use imagination and creativity in their learning.


Moral development is a vital part of any scientist’s development. Our children will need to develop a good understanding of it in order to delve into ethical questions but more importantly to become a good rounded scientist. Through Moral development at Bishop Pursglove, we encourage children to: investigate moral values and ethical issues, recognise right and wrong and how to be proactive in society and globally and to understand the consequences of their actions past, present and in the future.

Science is changing our society. Life expectancy is increasing, people are driving more efficient cars, more and more people are putting solar panels on their rooftops. Our society has become dependent on scientific developments which we could not have foreseen 50 years ago but also our lives are likely to change significantly in the future because of our reckless damaging activities to the environment as a human society. We will teach our pupils to consider their impact on the world around them and start to look at what we can do to help the next generation have a habitable planet.


Scientific development comes from all across the world, from people of all backgrounds and cultures. Some of science’s most important discoveries have come from other parts of the world and it’s important for our children to understand this. It is also important to understand how the different cultures around the world can have different impacts on the planet and what impact more economically developed countries have on poorer areas. We will teach our children to: explore, understand and respect diversity, learn about and celebrate the role scientists have played in our society. 


British Values

Open discussions about Science, and evaluating others' work creates an environment that is accepting of different beliefs, opinions and abilities of others. Children learn about similarities and differences between themselves and others’ views in Science, and show tolerance of these. All of our scientific experiences teach them that everyone is important, and that everyone will have different life experiences and skills that we can celebrate and respect. Science requires a lot of teamwork, where children will take a democratic approach to working collaboratively, including making compromises and sharing decisions.


Protected Characteristics

At Bishop Pursglove, we want to give our children an open, respectful and realistic mindset towards the wonderful world we live in and how this relates to science. We strive to expose them to a range of significant scientists from all different backgrounds related to the protected characteristics, and have planned for this in our varied curriculum.


Useful links and websites including things you can do with your child

Things you can do with your child in the local area related to science include:

Magna in Rotherham: Magna Science | Magna Science Adventure Centre (

Poolsbrook Country Park, Rother Valley Country Park.

Chesterfield observatory in Newbold: The Chesterfield Barnett Observatory - Chesterfield Observatory (

National Space Centre, Leicester:

Think Tank, Birmingham:

Useful website links:

Best Outdoor Science Activities and Projects That Are Fun and Engaging (

KS1 Science - England - BBC Bitesize

KS2 Science - BBC Bitesize

National Geographic Kids

Science for Kids - Fun Experiments, Cool Facts, Online Games, Activities, Projects, Ideas, Technology (

Science experiments to try at home:


Through our carefully planned curriculum, Science lessons are sequenced to ensure children build on prior learning and wherever possible learning experiences are practical to engage children in hands on learning. Our teaching ensures pupils regularly engage with Scientific learning across the full range of enquiry types as they develop their core knowledge and skills. 


Science is constantly evolving and changing our everyday lives and is vital to the world’s future. It is science education that provides the foundations for understanding the world. We daily make many science-based decisions when managing our health and daily living.


At Bishop Pursglove, we support our pupils to think independently and to raise questions with an emphasis upon investigative practical work. We hope the children will develop lively, enquiring minds and the ability to think and work scientifically. We aim to support the curriculum with interesting trips, activities and visiting speakers.