Development of science over time - La Archaeology

Our children at Cledford are inquisitive and in science we want to foster the curiosity of our children! Our aim for science at Cledford is to ensure that all pupils:

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


At Cledford, we aim to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them whilst also developing their specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically, to gain and understanding of scientific processes and to understand the uses of science, today and for the future. 

At Cledford, scientific knowledge is embedded throughout the primary curriculum. For example: plants is taught in KS1 and again in KS2 in order to build on their prior knowledge, embedding their knowledge into long term memory and further develops their skills.  

Children are encouraged to use questioning to understand the world around them and to become independent learners by exploring and reasoning possible answers to scientific based questions. 

Developing children's specific vocabulary is important at Cledford and learning new scientific language helps pupils to understand new concepts further. 


Our science curriculum at Cledford is designed to excite our pupils and encourage them to develop their imagination. Our science planning uses the National Curriculum programmes for study for science 2014 and 'Understanding of the world' for Early Years Foundation Stage. Science planning at Cledford meets the needs of all pupils' needs. Science at Cledford is sequential, allowing children to develop their skills over time, deepening their learning to provide foundations so that they are able to know more, remember more and do more. 


Our science curriculum is well thought out, high quality and develops children's knowledge over time, demonstrating a clear progression. Our science curriculum will ensure that all children are provided with a rich learning experience that will:

  • Prepare children with the scientific knowledge required to understand our world today and for the future
  • Develop children's scientific vocabulary 
  • Help children to link their scientific knowledge to other subjects in the curriculum
  • Build on their enquiry based skills and provides opportunities for children to ask questions

Teacher assessments will be completed at the end of every unit to identify children's understanding of each topic. This will assess whether they are at the expected standard for science. These assesment sheets will follow the children throughout school to ensure that misconceptions and gaps can be targetted and taught.


Cledford Primary School, George VI Ave, Middlewich, CW10 0DD