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The Axminster Primary Academy Science Curriculum showing what is taught, and when. We follow the National Curriculum for science, which was revised in September 2014. Our aim is to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific 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.


We will enable pupils to carry out scientific enquiries and work scientifically. They will be given regular opportunities to:

  • observe over time
  • look for patterns in their observations and results
  • identify, classify and group
  • carry out controlled investigations using comparisons and fair testing methodology
  • research using secondary sources
  • present their findings clearly, precisely and coherently, using scientific vocabulary.

Our overview curriculum map outlines the different topic areas pupils study at different points in their time at our school. Please note that some major topic areas, such as Animals, including Humans, are revisited due to extensive content and the intention to secure progression in pupils knowledge and understanding.035

Key Stage 1 pupils will:

  • explore the world around them
  • carry out scientific enquiries
  • learn how to answer scientific questions
  • compare objects, materials and living things
  • sort and group objects, materials and living things
  • notice patterns and relationships by observing changes over time
  • use simple measurements and equipment to gather data
  • carry out simple tests and record simple data.

Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) pupils will:

  • ask relevant questions and use different types of scientific enquiry to answer them
  • make systematic and careful observations, using a range of equipment
  • gather, record, classify and present data to help answer questions
  • record findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts and tables
  • report on findings from enquiries
  • use results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions
  • identify differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes
  • use scientific evidence to answer questions.

Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6) pupils will:

  • plan different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, recognising and controlling variables where necessary
  • take measurements with a wide range of scientific equipment with increasing accuracy and precision
  • record data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs
  • use test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests
  • report and present findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanation of an degree of trust in results
  • identify scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments.

Principles for the teaching and learning of science

Practical and hands-on: Science teaching and learning uses practical hands-on resources.

Range of enquiry: Children develop a full range of enquiry skills. Teachers are confident teaching enquiry and understand progression.

Subject knowledge: Teachers show an interest in science. Concepts and knowledge are firmly secured for both children and teachers. Common pupil misconceptions are known.

Exciting: Teachers are creative and imaginative in their approach to teaching science. Children are excited about their learning in science.

Real life: Science provision relates to real life contexts and experiences. This includes working in an outdoor environment and trips.

Questions: Children are encouraged to be curious and pose questions. They have the opportunity to answer their own questions through practical enquiry.

Language: Children have a secure understanding of key vocabulary and use it with precision and confidence.

Curriculum links: links are made across the curriculum to enhance and promote scientific understanding.

Progress: All children make progress in their scientific knowledge and skills. Good use is made of assessment to inform further teaching.

Famous Scientists: Children are aware of famous scientists, their fields of work and their impact on society.

Future: Children see themselves as scientists; they are aware of the role of science in daily life and are aware that science offers opportunities for future jobs

Christmas jumper Day 2021

10 Dec 2021

A big thank you for everyone who got behind Christmas jumper day today and helped raise some much needed money for Save the Children. It was great to see so much festive cheer in school with the child...

Remembrance Sunday

16 Nov 2021

A poignant shot of our wreath layers paying their respects and representing the school at Axminster War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday. WE WILL REMEMBER THEM!  

Anti Bullying Week 2021

15 Nov 2021

Great to see so many children and staff wearing odd socks today to kick of Anti-Bullying Week 2021. Across the week, our assembly focus will be anti-bullying and reinforcing the importance of kin...

Armistice Day

11 Nov 2021

A big thank you to our KS2 children who took part in Axminster's Armistice Day remembrance service alongside other local schools. The children laid crosses in the town's garden of remembrance bef...

New Playground Equipment

08 Nov 2021

A big thank you to our PTFA who have worked with our School Council and kindly supplied a range of new play equipment for both our KS1 and KS2 playgrounds. 

Harvest Celebration

20 Oct 2021

On Monday Axminster Community Primary Academy came together to celebrate Harvest with all donations this year going to the local food bank. Years 5 and 6 kicked things off with a beauti...

Forest School Area Community Day

18 Oct 2021

A huge thank you to every who gave up their time over the weekend to tidy and revamp our forest school area. The hard work has made a massive difference as we work towards developing our outdoor space...

Squid Game - Safeguarding Update

14 Oct 2021

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Axminster Heritage Centre Visit

08 Oct 2021

This week, our KS1 children visited Axminster Heritage Centre as part of their local history work. Whilst they were there the children found out about the town's rich carpet making history and how dif...

Parent Forums

24 Sep 2021

Having held the first Governing Body meeting of the year this week we have planned a couple of parent forums on Monday 11th October. These will take place in the school hall at 9m and 6:30pm with refr...