Keston Church of England Primary School


"We have learnt lots of interesting things in Science! I like learning about he human body and how it works and all the fun experiments we do!"

- Year 5 Pupil

At Keston CE Primary School, we are SCIENTISTS! We want our children to love science! Children are naturally curious and are always questioning ‘why?’ Our aim is to encourage and inspire this curiosity in our pupils and for them to find science interesting and relevant to their lives. We do this by delivering the National Curriculum through a structured and fun programme, where pupils are able to develop their understanding and experiences of the more abstract ‘Big Ideas’ of Science, such as evolution and inheritance, our place within the universe and everything in the universe being made of tiny particles. They develop their understanding of a range of scientific concepts under the umbrellas of the three main strands: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  

The units taught across the school are: Animals including Humans, Living Things and their Habitats; Plants; Evolution; Sound; Electricity; Seasonal Changes; Forces and Magnets; States of Matter; Earth and Space; and Light. Please see the Science Progression Map for the objectives covered in each of these topics in each year group and how these are built upon, ensuring learning progression from EYFS to Year 6.  

The skills of ‘Working Scientifically’ relate to children developing an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science. These skills are not taught as a separate discrete strand, but are instead taught throughout the knowledge units.  Types of scientific enquiry include: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources. Pupils seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data. 

During March each year, the school celebrates British Science Week, where the children take part in a wide range of exciting and fun science activities. Throughout the year, we also take part in various Aquinas events, including: Darwin Day; The Big Aquinas Science Quiz; and DNA Day.

Click here to view the whole-school Progression map for Science.