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Science Curriculum

Our Science Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact



At Donnington Primary School, we recognise that developing students' science capital is crucial for their success in science and beyond. Our aim is to provide a science curriculum that engages students and helps them build their science capital through practical and relevant experiences. We live in an increasingly scientific and technological age where children need to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to prepare them for life in the 21st century. We, at Donnington Primary School believe that the teaching of science develops in children an interest and curiosity about the world in which they live and fosters in them a respect for the environment.


We aim that all pupils:

· Develop enjoyment and interest in science and an appreciation of its contribution to all aspects of everyday life

· Build on their curiosity and sense of awe of the natural world

· Use a planned range of investigations and practical activities to allow them a greater understanding off the concepts and knowledge of science

· Are introduced to the language and vocabulary of science

· Develop practical skills and their ability to make accurate and appropriate measurements



We are committed to providing opportunities for all students to engage with science and develop their scientific skills and knowledge. At Donnington we follow the Haringey Education Partnership (HEP) Science scheme of learning designed by a Science specialist Brenda Hayles.


The main key principles that underpin the Haringey Primary Science curriculum are:

1. Scope

2. Sequencing


4. Rigour


These principles ensure our curriculum is accessible for all children and maximises their progression.

We believe that by providing a range of opportunities for students to engage with science beyond the classroom, such as participating in the annual British Science Week, we can ignite their curiosity and inspire them to pursue further learning in science. We also provide access to a range of resources, including visits to museums, farms, and educational environments to broaden students' understanding of the world and the role of science within it.



As a result, children feel enthused about science and the world around them. In turn, creating well-rounded scientist who immersive themselves and helps them build their science capital through practical and relevant experiences. This approach not only supports the development of scientific skills but also fosters creativity and critical thinking, preparing our students for the challenges of the future.


How does the science curriculum develop literacy?


Research by Beck, McKeown, and Kucan (2002) has shown that pupil literacy is the strongest predictor of science attainment. The HEP Science curriculum supports all pupils to access new information and effectively communicate their ideas in a variety of contexts.


Our curirculum are carefully sequenced,  scheme uses hands-on investigative science activities to promote a deep understanding of scientific concepts and help children develop effective methods of scientific enquiry.


Working Scientifically


Children work scientifically at Donnington and aim to focus on at least 1 of these skills each lesson. The 7 enquiry skills include:

  • Asking  questions
  • Making predictions
  • Setting up tests
  • Observing and measuring
  • Recording data
  • Interpreting and communicating results
  • Evaluating

Science Week at Donnington Primary School


The children in Donnington were very busy for British Science Week last week.

Each class carried out an amazing investigation during the week.

On Friday 17th March we then held our brilliant Science Fair.

2 children from each class became wonderful science professors and presented their experiment to the entire school! Our professors worked so hard to teach everyone about the science that had been going on in their class.

Wow! What a great achievement!


Take a look at some of our presentation boards and our professors in action!