"The scientist is not the person who gives the right answers, he's the one who asks the right questions" - Claude Levi-Strauss


At St Matthew's, first hand experiences are key to the children's learning and development in Science. The Science curriculum focuses on the development of children as scientists and the emphasis for the teaching and learning of Science is based on a practical investigative and illustrative approach. As children gain increasing knowledge and understanding, they are given opportunities to develop their awareness and ability to apply their scientific understanding to practical situations and the importance Science has in everyday life. The children are actively encouraged to question and investigate theories and hypothesis to stimulate and encourage problem solving and anticipation of outcomes.


Our school grounds and facilities provide excellent opportunities to challenge and extend the children's learning. Within school we have developed an extensive resource base of illustrative Science boxes to support the children with their practical activities.


Science at St Matthew’s encompasses a whole school approach to supporting the process of illustrative and investigative science. Through this we aim to develop and widen children’s knowledge and understanding of key scientific ideas and ultimately their knowledge of the world around them by teaching them to ‘find out’ and ‘think’ about science within everyday situations. At St. Matthew’s, all staff, including teachers and support assistants strive to ensure that science is fun, developing appropriate ways of working to support children becoming scientists.


  • To provide opportunities for scientific activities which develop interest and enjoyment.
  • To develop a 'way of working' through practical, first hand experiences wherever possible.
  • To develop and extend natural curiosity and encourage children to ask questions and seek answers.
  • To build on existing skills and knowledge
  • To encourage children to be aware of their own targets and development and to engage in activities which allow children to engage in self assessment and peer group assessment.
  • To encourage the children to work as scientists - planning, carrying out and evaluating through open ended investigations
  • To rehearse scientific skills eg. measurement, observation, sorting and classifying
  • To provide opportunities to carry out whole investigations, developing the process skills
  • To “play with” and explore resources and equipment through illustrative activities.
  • To satisfy the needs of the National Curriculum and extend scientific knowledge and understanding in a meaningful and purposeful way
  • To encourage children to work together collaborating and sharing ideas, listening to each other, discussing problems and learning to reach compromises
  • To encourage an appreciation of the need for safe and careful actions.

Also In This Section