Tewin Cowper

CofE Primary School

Small School Big Dreams


At Tewin Cowper Primary, we recognise that Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.



The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.

  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.



The programmes of study for science are set out year-by-year for key stages 1 and 2 in the National Curriculum. Class teachers are responsible for ensuring that all of the relevant statutory content is covered within the school year. We use the scheme "Rising Stars" for inspiration when planning our lessons to keep the learning hands-on and be like real Scientists!


The school’s ‘Science Unit Overview’ outlines the units to be taught (see link to PDF below). "Understanding of the World" is one of the 7 Curriculum areas in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Children explore the world around them, spot patterns, notice changes in their environment and make predictions for what might happen next! In Years 1-6, children follow set units set out by the National Curriculum. 



Class teachers must ensure that there are frequent opportunities for pupils to ‘work scientifically’ within the curriculum. ‘Working scientifically’ specifies the understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science. Pupils are required to work scientifically within all areas of the science curriculum.


Our Science Curriculum Overview