Gotherington Primary School

The Lawns, Gotherington, Cheltenham, GL52 9QT

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Our Science curriculum aims to recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. It intends to increase pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world through specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, as well as developing skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry. It will develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence. It aims to develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific discovery and equip pupils with the knowledge required to understand the uses of Science, today and for the future.


Throughout the programmes of study, the children will acquire and develop they key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group, as well as the application of scientific skills. We ensure that Working Scientifically skills are built on and developed throughout children’s time at the school so that they can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently. All children are encouraged to develop and use 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.


Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning, reinforcing an expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards. They are encouraged to ask their own questions and given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers. Teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills whilst assessing regularly to identify and address any gaps. Opportunities to develop the pupil’s understanding of their surroundings are given by accessing outdoor learning with experts.


Our successful approach results in a fun, engaging, high quality science education, providing pupils with the foundation for understanding the world. Our engagement with the local environment, various workshops and trips ensures that pupils learn through varied and first-hand experiences of the world around them. This gives them the understanding that science has changed our lives and that its vital to the world’s future prosperity.