At Mawgan-in-Pydar School our learning in Science is investigative - lessons are engaging, and promote active learning. Our aim is to engage children’s curiosity, to encourage them to ask questions, and immerse themselves in challenging problems and investigations, independently identifying ways to investigate using their growing scientific skills. Children are invited to hypothesise, predict, set up experiments and investigations, explore and harness evidence, analyse findings, grapple with the unexpected, draw conclusions and accept that sometimes outcomes are not what they expected. Scientific learning is enriched by visits, visitors and outdoor learning opportunities.

Science Overview:

We follow the Cornerstones ‘Knowledge Rich Projects' which cover tricky topics in new and unusual ways. Encouraging a reflective mind and ability to be curious and to question the world around them; which will, in turn, enable an understanding of how Science has shaped our lives.

Our science projects are sequenced to develop both children's substantive and declarative knowledge, and if possible, make meaningful links to other projects. These links allow for our children to embed their substantive knowledge in new and often real-life contexts.

Throughout the science scheme, there is complete coverage of all national curriculum programmes of study.


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.

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