Coronation Road, Radcliffe, M26 3RD
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At Radcliffe Primary School, we believe that a quality Science curriculum should develop children’s scientific knowledge, conceptual understanding, secure understanding of the world through scientific enquiry and the ability to ask and answer scientific questions. Science has the power to change lives and plays a vital in the world’s future prosperity. We aim to inspire an appreciation of all aspects of science, including biology, chemistry and physics.  We work hard to provide a rich and varied curriculum to challenge and meet the needs of our children. We believe all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. We recognise the importance of learning and to nurture a culture where children take pride in their work.

 All children are encouraged to develop a range of skills including observations, planning and investigations, as well as being encouraged to question the world around them and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their scientific based questions. As with all subject areas, we ensure that there are high expectations for all spoken language in our science lessons. Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and built up, and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged. Concepts taught should be reinforced by focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions.


Our primary science curriculum is designed to provide high quality, inspiring science lessons for every child. Our focus is on enabling pupils to make substantial progress in the matters, skills and processes specified in the National Curriculum:

  • Knowledge and Understanding
  • Process and Skills
  • Working scientifically
  • Spoken Language

We create opportunities for real experience through field trips, visits and workshops. Our planning ensures that every theme has an exciting entry point to stimulate the children’s interests. Every science theme introduces subject specific vocabulary and includes opportunities for purposeful research to develop reading skills and to provide the relevant knowledge and understanding to produce a quality piece of writing.

Each half term the children will begin a new topic and these are detailed in the Science Long Term Plan.

In years 1 to 6, at least one hour is dedicated to this subject each week, although science lessons are sometimes completed in blocks, depending on the topic. Educational visits are planned to provide meaningful and memorable learning experiences.

We believe that pupils learn best when they are engaged, excited and challenged and therefore the curriculum has been devised to deal with themes of real interest and relevance to children.

The science curriculum promotes links across the wider curriculum wherever possible and themes have been planned around practical, real life, child friendly interests. The long-term plan indicates the connections between themes and details of the links are specified in the medium-term plan for every theme.


The class teacher will continually carry out formative assessment in Science lessons. This will be done through questioning, observations, discussions and evidence in Science books. At the end of each topic children complete assessment questions, which are linked to their current knowledge mats. These assessments are evidenced in their books. Teachers will then assess whether they are WT, WTP, WA, AG or GD. This information is then used to inform future planning. The Reactive curriculum team is responsible for keeping an overview of the standard of children’s work and for the quality of teaching. The work of the curriculum team also involves supporting colleagues, being informed about current developments and providing a strategic lead and direction for the subject in the school.

KNOWLEDGE MATS Spring Term 2023

Cycle B

EYFS Nursery Spring Term 1 & 2

EYFS Reception Spring Term 1 & 2

KS1 Spring Term 1 & 2

LKS2 No Unit this Term

UKS2 Spring Term 1 & 2

KNOWLEDGE MATS Summer Term 2023

Cycle B