Science Intent

At Highfield, we understand the importance of providing children with key foundational scientific knowledge alongside regular opportunities for practical exploration. As a result, our children develop a sense of ‘awe and wonder’ through different learning experiences, which encourage them to investigate, research, and reason.

We aim to provide our children with learning experiences beyond the classroom, further developing essential skills which will help them succeed into adult life.


Teachers use and adapt the Kent science scheme of work, which aligns closely with the national curriculum. It provides a high-quality science education with foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

‘Big questions’, at the end of units, encourage children to apply their subject skills, knowledge and understanding

At Highfield, the curriculum develops with increasing depth and challenge as children move through the year groups. The innovative, and sequential lessons, encourage children to make connections between prior knowledge and experience.  Pupils are taught to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes and trends.

Children are explicitly taught scientific skills, such as predicting outcomes and creating a hypothesis with increasing complexity.  Wherever possible, practical experiments, science clubs, visits and inspirational guests further enhance the science provision at Highfield.


All children at Highfield will acquire:

  • The ability to know more, remember more and explain more about the subject
  • A wider range of scientific skills
  • A richer scientific vocabulary
  • Opportunities to apply their scientific knowledge and understanding
  • An enjoyment and enthusiasm about science
  • The ability to relate science lessons to real-life situations and the importance of science in the real world.

Progression of Skills

Year 1 Knowledge Organisers

Year 2 Knowledge Organisers

Year 3 Knowledge Organisers

Year 4 Knowledge Organisers

Year 5 Knowledge Organisers

Year 6 Knowledge Organisers