At Chestnuts, we recognise the importance of science in every aspect of daily life. As one of the core subjects taught, we give the teaching and learning of science the prominence it requires. The scientific area of learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing the skills associated with science as a process of enquiry. It will develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence. 

Science is taught through our cross curricular topics so that the links with other subjects can be promoted. In the Early years, science is taught through the children learning about the world around them (under the area of learning called ‘Understanding of the World’). In Key Stages 1 and 2, the children follow the National Curriculum programme of study for science. Additional opportunities over the academic year are provided in science, such as science fairs in school, competitions (including ‘Science Selfies’), educational visits linked to the science curriculum (for example to the Space Centre and the University of Bedfordshire), and visitors from STEM ambassadors offering workshops and demonstrations.

We endeavour to ensure that the science curriculum we provide gives the children the confidence and motivation to continue to further develop their skills into the next stage of their education and in their future lives.  

In science at Chestnuts, we aim to develop children who:  

  • Retain knowledge that is pertinent to science, and its disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics, in real-life contexts.  
  • Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. 
  • Can question ideas and reflect on knowledge. 
  • Work collaboratively and practically to investigate and experiment. 
  • Are able to explain the process they have undertaken and are able to reason scientifically. 
  • Use a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including through the use of computing, diagrams, graphs and charts. 
  • Develop the essential scientific enquiry skills to deepen their scientific knowledge. 
  • Develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle and show regard for their own, and other children’s safety. 
  • Develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery. 

In May 2021, Chestnuts was awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark which focused on developing effective and confident science leadership in order to promote a positive, whole school impact on science teaching and learning. 

In September 2021, we also began our work with the ‘Ogden Trust Partnership’ in Milton Keynes to promote a love of physics. Chestnuts has been named the leading school in the partnership and has been given substantial funding to work with seven other schools in the area over the next few years.