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The Science Curriculum at Bignold Primary School and Nursery


Whole school science


Science at Bignold is very much a practical part of the curriculum that enables our children to make sense of the world around them through exploration, investigation and discovery.  Through practical and meaningful experiences, we seek to develop the key scientific knowledge and the skills of observation, questioning, exploration and investigation to prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world.


       Our teaching aims are:

  • To provide a curriculum that is coherent, flexible, progressive and applicable to all children.
  • To help our children to acquire a growing understanding and knowledge of scientific ideas.
  • To help develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world through their everyday experiences.
  • To foster concern about and actively care for our environment.
  • To prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world.
    Concepts, skills and attitudes:
  • Enjoy scientific learning and develop a love of science.
  • Give our children an understanding and knowledge of scientific processes.
  • Help our children to acquire practical scientific skills.
  • Develop the skills of investigation - including planning, observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating.
  • Develop the use of scientific language, recording and techniques.
  • Develop the use of computing in investigating and recording.
  • Enable our children to become effective communicators of scientific ideas, facts and data.
  • Develop a respect for living and non-living things.
  • Work co-operatively with others.
  • Build upon their own natural curiosity of the world around them and ask questions.
  • Tackle problems confidently and resiliently.

    Science Vocabulary
    Language is vital for communication and children enjoy learning new words.
    Children will know and be able to use the vocabulary from their current science topic and also consolidate their understanding of vocabulary from previous year groups.  


As part of Bignold’s science teaching offer, we have two ‘BIG’ themes that run through all year groups. These focus on environmental issues and the impact of human activity on our planet, and healthy diets and lifestyles. These will be regularly taught and reinforced throughout the year, for example through making cross-curricular links, assembly themes and awareness days.


The areas taught are:


       The environment


  • To show care and concern for living things and the environment.
  • Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.
  • Recognising the impact of human activity on the environment.
    Healthy lifestyles

  • to observe the effects of physical activity on their bodies. To know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.         
  • describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene.
  • identify that humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat
  • recognise the impact of diet and lifestyle on the way their bodies function

The Ogden Trust

Bignold Primary School and Nursery is an Ogden Trust Hub School -  The Norfolk Central Partnership.

The School Partnerships programme offers funding and support to groups of schools that are committed to enhancing physics teaching and learning.