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Science

KS2 Science

'A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.'

(National Curriculum 2014)

At Foxdell Junior School, we believe that good teaching of science provides pupils with a wealth of knowledge which contributes to a secure understanding of how and why things do what they do. Children develop an enthusiasm for and enjoyment of science through a range of engaging activities. Their knowledge and understanding of important scientific ideas are developed, along with key processes and skills. Science explains the mechanics and reasoning behind the daily function of complex systems, including the human body. Through quality teaching, pupils use this knowledge to aid their understanding of new concepts, make well-informed decisions and pursue new interests. 

Science at Foxdell Junior School:

  • Continues the excellent work of our Early Years Key Stage One teachers at our Infant School to ensure that progression through the science curriculum is maintained in terms of both skills and knowledge and understanding which is the bedrock of Primary Science.
  • Ensures our Science teaching has a strong, positive impact on the learning of our children at key Stage 2 so that they reach age related expectations at the end of every year phase and at the end of the key stage.
  • Deepens the understanding of our children through the key stage.
  • Ensures that children fully understand and can use the skills of ‘Working Scientifically’ as defined in The National Curriculum, in order to facilitate their investigative and factual classwork.
  • Enables the children to learn collaboratively in the science classroom to answer scientific questions posed by their class teacher.
  • Ensures that children understand and can use the scientific principles of; planning measurement, change, prediction, fair testing (as an when appropriate), recording data, presenting findings and concluding against prediction.
  • Develop the skills of our children to ensure that they can facilitate their own learning within group and independent investigative work.


These objectives are achieved through focussed topic work where science is always seen as a link to not only the world around them but also through the other subjects of the National Curriculum such as maths, science and history. Our children are assessed both formatively and summatively by their teachers to ensure accurate assessment for learning, which in turn will ensure good progress. Science at Foxdell  Junior School engages, inspires and motivates our children to take their learning forward to High School and beyond.

Programme of study

Year 3:

  • Plants
  • Animals, including humans
  • Rocks
  • Light
  • Forces and magnets

Year 4:

  • Living things and their habitats
  • Animals, including humans
  • States of matter
  • Sound
  • Electricity

Year 5:

  • Living things and their habitats
  • Animals, including humans
  • Properties and changes of materials
  • Earth and space
  • Forces

Year 6:

  • Living things and their habitats
  • Animals including humans
  • Evolution and inheritance
  • Light
  • Electricity
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