Normanton Altofts Junior School

Approaches to Science


Darwin Goodall Attenborough Newton


For children, science is the exploration of the world around them through investigation.


Science is vital to the world’s future sustainability, and all pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of Science.

At Altofts Junior School, children are encouraged to understand how Science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.This is achieved through learning a curriculum which teaches both knowledge and skills, enabling children to question, experiment and reflect upon their work. School provides a nurturing environment where they can make and learn from mistakes whilst developing a sense of excitement and curiosity about a range of phenomena.


We base our teaching on the National Curriculum Programmes of Study which ensures that there is continuity and progression. As a core subject in the primary curriculum, we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence that it requires. Our curriculum builds upon a knowledge base and gives pupils an opportunity to work scientifically in a variety of ways to secure and extend their skills in a stimulating, challenging and practical way. This ensures that they are then equipped with the scientific knowledge and ability to answer scientific questions and to understand and explain the world around them.

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