Science intent

At St Newlyn East Learning Academy, we have an enriched science curriculum that provides opportunities for practical lessons. The children are exposed to a wide variety of topics that support the children’s curiosity for learning.  Our curriculum aims to develop ‘working scientifically’ skills, broaden the children’s scientific view of the world around them, whilst promoting a love for enquiry and wanting to explore new things.  


In Key Stage 1 our pupils will experience and observe a range of scientific topics, looking more closely at the natural and humanly constructed world around them.   They explore areas such as Plants, Living Things and their Habitats (including humans), the use of every day Materials and Seasonal Changes.  Children have an immersive curriculum, which incorporates the local and natural environment including: local beaches (relating to living things and their habitats).   They will develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things and carrying out simple comparative tests.


In KS2 our curriculum focuses on key concepts that help children make sense of the world around them. They explore areas such as Living Things and their Habitats, Light, Forces and Magnets, Properties and Changes of Materials, Evolution and Inheritance as well as areas such as Electricity, Sound and Earth and Space. Curriculum knowledge is shared with pupils in a variety of ways such as engaging lessons, enquiry based experiments and hands on projects. The KS2 Science curriculum is structured to allow pupils to explore science through practical work.  Encouraging open-mindedness and developing the skills of investigation – including: observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating. 


In Yr 6, as part of their transition to Secondary School, they plan their own experiment and then visit the school to conduct it.  This enables them to experience working in a fully equipped science lab and prepares them for Secondary Science.