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Our science curriculum intent.


‘Science is simply the word we use to describe a method of organising our curiosity.’

Tim Minchin


At Pennoweth, we encourage children to develop their interest and inquisitiveness in and for Science. Our Science curriculum, taken from Cornerstones, fosters a healthy curiosity about the universe and promotes respect for the living and non-living. To us, Science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts and skills positively.


Science at Pennoweth is taught in blocks across a two-year cycle in order that children achieve depth in their learning. Key knowledge, skills and associated vocabulary have been identified and these have been mapped across the school to ensure progression. At the start of each unit, teachers establish the starting point for each child and ensure that all lessons taught are relevant and developmental, and consideration is given to how greater depth will be reached within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.


The curriculum is designed to ensure that children can acquire key scientific knowledge through practical experiences: using equipment, conducting experiments, carrying out investigations, conjecturing and explaining concepts with confidence.


We support our curriculum, wherever possible and relevant, by encouraging visitors with specialist scientific expertise to share their knowledge and skills. To enhance our teaching and learning, we visit relevant places of scientific interest, including secondary schools who can offer specialist scientific resources and experiences.


Where possible and appropriate, cross curricular outcomes in Science are specifically planned for, with strong links between the subject and English and Maths lessons identified, planned for and utilised. During the unit, the chosen class text also links to the aspects being taught. Links are made to Cornish scientists where relevant to support teaching and learning across the subject.



The culture of our DNA at Pennoweth also aids and supports the teaching of Science.

The introduction of sticky strips at the start of each Science project ensures that our children are provided with the key facts to learn and retain as they ‘stick’ in the children’s minds. The mapped progression of key knowledge, skills and vocabulary as well as opportunities to work scientifically through practical experiences ensure that our children feel safe and comfortable. The use of knowledge recalls at the start of each Science project, and a pitstop during, means the starting and current point of each child is carefully considered and ensures that every child is included in every lesson, and the help and support they receive from their adults and peers help them to feel loved. They are able to be responsible for their own learning, plan and conduct experiments, use equipment to test their theories and work with peers to explore and explain concepts. They are encouraged to make mistakes and helped to learn from them, not see them as failures.  The children are engaged and motivated in their learning as a healthy curiosity about the world is fostered through visitors with specialist expertise, visiting places of scientific interest and providing the children with experiences that enhance greater depth thinking that ensures that all children are sufficiently challenged. Knowledge banks are used to identify the scientific knowledge that children have retained and identify any gaps in learning which can be specifically planned for. Finally, our children are ready.  They are ready to be independent, secure scientific learners who can be resilient and apply their knowledge in different situations and contexts, across the curriculum and the wider world. 

What will my child experience through science at Pennoweth?

Science at Pennoweth is taught in blocks that have been mapped over a two year cycle to ensure that our children immerse themselves within the science linked to a particular project, such as 'Predators' or 'Blue Abyss'. Key knowledge, skills and associated vocabulary have been identified and these have been mapped across the school to ensure progression.


At the start of each Science unit, teachers establish the starting point for each child and ensure that all lessons planned and taught are developmental and challenging. The curriculum has been designed to ensure that the children are provided with the opportunities to develop their working scientifically skills through practical investigations and experiments.  


Cross curricular writing outcomes in Science are specifically planned for, with appropriate links between the subject itself, and Reading and Writing as well as planning for links with Mathematics. For example, the children might plot their data from an investigation on a line graph, they might write a non-chronological report about a particular animal and include its adaptations or they might even write a diary entry about the journey of a water droplet in the water cycle. 
What science skills and knowledge will my child learn at Pennoweth?
What sort of scientific language will my child learn at Pennoweth?
What do Pennoweth's children think about science?
Elodie - Year 1
'I liked looking at the giraffes and finding out about how tall they were'.
Jack - Year 2
'It was incredibly exciting learning about skeletons and the snakes in our Paws, Claws and Whiskers project.  I didn't know that snakes make the scales on their skin rough or smooth depending on which way they are moving.'
Jayden - Year 2
'I loved learning about the moon and planets because I never knew they existed and that there are different sizes and colours.'
William - Year 2
'I loved the minibeast hunt because my second favourite animal is a woodlouse and I learnt all about them.'
Zach - Year 2
'I loved learning that people who study insects are called entomologists.  I learnt that insects have 6 legs and an exoskeleton.'
Oliver - Year 3
'In our Blue Abyss project, I learnt about different types of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores as I didn't know there were so many. I also enjoyed grouping animals and using a classification key.'
Kizzy - Year 3
'I really enjoyed making the fact file about a great white shark including its diet and how it adapts to where it lives.'
Ellie - Year 4
'I enjoyed the project 'Blue Abyss' as I like learning about how animals are adapted to living underwater and I like learning about the different species of animals.'
Walter - Year 4
'In the project, Blue Abyss, I liked making a fact file about how sea animals are adapted to their environment'. 
'I liked the project 'Predator' as I really liked learning about ferocious animals because it's fascinating to see if the predator kills its prey or if the prey can outrun the predator.'
Brandon - Year 4
'I liked learning about rocks that are formed from volcanoes, which are igneous rocks. I also liked doing an experiment with toy cars to see which surface had the most friction.' 
Bradley, our year 5/6 science ambassador, shares what he loves about science:

Year 5
'In my opinion, I really enjoyed learning about the flower life-cycle and how they're pollinated because before I thought it was just a colourful plant but now I know it isn't that simple. I now know that there are masculine and feminine parts. We also learned how seeds are made and different pollination takes place such as wind pollination and cross pollination.'
Amy - Year 6
'In Science you get to do some really cool things. I really enjoy the investigations, like when we investigated natural selection, and learning about how other creatures live.'
Sam - Year 6
'I love it when we do investigations because rather than just watching a video or copying things like you might do in some schools, we physically try it out and it means we remember it better.'
What does science look like at Pennoweth? 
Foundation Stage
Year 1 & 2
Year 3 & 4
Year 5 & 6
Useful science websites and links
BBC Bitesize (Reception under 'Understanding the World')
BBC Bitesize (KS1)
BBC Bitesize (KS2) 
The Human Body
Do you know how many taste buds are on your tongue? Learn this and more great facts on this website! Then test your knowledge with a range of quizzes! 
Explore space with CBeebies! Play fun outer space games for kids, learn all about stargazing and discover amazing space facts.
Ever wondered what happens on the International Space Station? How astronauts eat and sleep up there? Explore the videos on this website and learn all about it!
This website is full of interesting facts about animals!