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Thorpe Lea Primary School

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High-Quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world's prosperity. Children will be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.


At Thorpe Lea we want the children to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena when learning about science. We encourage them to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.



The National Curriculum for science aims 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 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.


The new curriculum for science is less prescriptive and allows us to teach science in a creative cross-curricular way. Curiosity and creativity have been included in our school values, so this means that the children will focus on these values when learning. There is also more of an emphasis on the natural environment too with the new curriculum.


Some topics that will be covered:



  • Natural World
  • Living things, including humans
  • Materials



  • Year 3 - Plants, animals (including humans), rocks, light, forces and magnets.
  • Year 4 - Living things (including humans), States of matter, sound, electricity
  • Year 5 - Life cycles of living things, animals (including humans). Materials. Earth and Space. Forces.
  • Year 6 - Living things, animals (including humans). Evolution and inheritance. Light. Electricity.


Our curriculum is designed so that certain topics will recur during a child's time at Thorpe Lea. This is done so that a foundation of understanding can be built, onto which further knowledge can be developed and grown.