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Science is using enquiry to answer questions about the physical and natural world.

Vision for Science

At Oatlands Junior School, we are all scientists! Our children’s journey through our exciting, challenging and relevant science curriculum ensures they develop the skills they need to explore, answer questions about and gain a deeper understanding of the world around them.

Long Term Plan

LTP Years 3-6 Science

Key Vocabulary

Science Vocabulary

Science Subject Leader - Rachel Allenby


Miss R Allenby

Enquiry Approaches Poster

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National Curriculum Aims

The national curriculum for science aims 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.

How is science taught and what does it look like at Oatlands?

At OJS, we are all scientists! We want our children to be informed, inquisitive, enthusiastic and able to ask and answer questions across the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. In order to do this, we ensure that in our weekly science lessons:

  • We focus upon the development of 'working scientifically' skills, including observing over time, pattern seeking and comparative and fair testing, through frequent practical investigation. We want science to be 'hands on' and accessible for all children!
  • Children have the opportunity to apply acquired scientific knowledge to real life situations, from designing their own flowers to creating new breeds of animal and suggesting improvements to our own local habitats! We want children to appreciate the importance and relevance of their science learning.
  • Scientific vocabulary is modelled by teachers and used regularly by children. We want them to leave our school able to speak about science with confidence and clarity!
  • Children have the opportunity to answer and ask their own questions about a range of scientific topics, from Plants and Light to Earth and Space and Evolution. We want our children to be curious about and understand the world in which we live!
  • Children practise regularly using a range of scientific apparatus, from trundle wheels, measuring cylinders and pipettes to Newton-metres when studying Forces and cells, wires and switches during their Electricity learning! We want our pupils to have the practical skills they need to answer questions they have about the world around us!
  • Children receive and have the chance to respond regularly to feedback in order to make the best progress with their learning.

Extra-curricular events, including visits from people working in STEM fields, enhance children's classroom learning and emphasise the significance of science beyond the school walls.

What will my child will leave OJS knowing, understanding and appreciating in science?

At Oatlands, we want all children to leave our school not only with a curiosity about the world around them but the requisite skills to be able to explore, answer and explain their conclusions about the questions they have. By the end of Year 6, children will have covered topics across the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics and have used each of the five types of scientific enquiry - observing over time, comparative and fair testing, research using secondary sources, pattern spotting and identifying, grouping and classifying - to explore these. Children will have used apparatus from measuring cylinders and pipettes to Newton-metres and tuning forks and recorded results obtained in a variety of styles. 

Children will recognise famous scientists and the impact their work has had and be enthusiastic about the future careers open to them as a result of their own scientific studies. Off-site visits to an arboretum and the Great Yorkshire Showground and in-school visits from professional scientists will have supported and enhanced your child's classroom learning.


Pupil Voice Group

Science Squad

The Science Squad meet with Miss Allenby every half term to share ideas about how to make science even better and to help plan and organise themed days or events such as British Science Week and the Great Science Share for Schools. We also have some ‘Secret Scientists’ seeking science in action around school during break and lunchtimes!

View our Science Squad

Science in action at OJS

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Working Walls!

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We use our working walls to celebrate, complement and support our science learning. Key vocabulary is displayed and reference to help us speak ‘science’, labelled investigations remind us of the enquiry types we have used and our weekly ‘We are wondering…’ question provokes our curiosity and allows us to demonstrate our existing knowledge.

What do pupils at OJS think about science?

'We always do awesome experiments!' - Year 3 pupil

'I love the egg challenge when you had to place it in Coca-Cola, it smelled really bad! We also planted bulbs, I think daffodils.' - Year 4 pupil

'I love discovering all sorts of things I didn’t know and doing experiments where I put my brain to the test!' - Year 5 pupil

'It is very interesting and you learn a lot of new things.' - Year 5 pupil

'I like the experiments we do and the cool subjects like evolution and inheritance!' - Year 6 pupil

'I like how we are learning about similarities and how things are the same between our parents!' - Year 6 pupil

Oatlands Junior School is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Red Kite Office, Pannal Ash Road, Harrogate, HG2 9PH

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