At Aycliffe Drive Primary School, we aim to provide a learning atmosphere which encourages curiosity, perseverance, open-mindedness, critical reflection and co-operation. We endeavour to provide a broad and balanced learning experience for all our pupils and, wherever possible, opportunities to develop skills and gain an understanding of science concepts through first-hand experience and practical work.

Our aims in teaching science include:

  • building on children’s natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problems20180208-162953.jpg
  • encouraging open-mindedness, self-criticism, perseverance and responsibility
  • preparing children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world
  • fostering concern about, and appreciation of, our environment
  • building children’s self-confidence to enable them to work independently and developing their social skills to work co-operatively with others
  • helping children to acquire a progressive understanding of scientific ideas
  • giving children the experience of scientific processes
  • helping children to acquire practical science skills
  • providing children with an enjoyable experience of science, so that they will develop a deep and lasting interest and be motivated to study science further

Pupils will be given opportunities to:

  • develop their understanding through systematic enquiry, using both first hand and secondary sources as appropriate
  • use ICT to collect, store, retrieve and present scientific information
  • relate their work in science to everyday life
  • consider simple scientific ideas and the evidence for them and, collect evidence to test scientific ideas in a variety of ways
  • communicate scientific ideas and observations using appropriate scientific vocabulary
  • present information in a variety of ways including drawings, diagrams, tables and charts and in speech and writing; at key stage 2, pupils should also use standard units of measurement and include graphs to record and present informationDSC02402
  • consider health and safety in the context of their science work and take action to control risks
  • find out about scientific ideas and theories based upon famous scientists from past or present


science display