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Rayleigh Primary School

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Our intent is to spark the natural curiosity of our pupils through engaging, enquiry-based learning, helping to shape today’s children into tomorrow’s global citizens and enabling their individual ambitions. We are passionate about guiding students to cultivate curiosity, critical thinking, and problem-solving abilities essential for scientific enquiry. 



Our curriculum is implemented through the principle of high learner involvement, where teachers act as facilitators for progressive, pupil-led learning. Our creative teachers empower pupils to ask their own questions and explore the five lines of enquiry - pattern seeking, fair test, secondary research, identifying and classifying, and observation over time - in a collaborative and interactive manner. By encouraging curiosity and providing a supportive environment for exploration, pupils develop a deeper understanding of scientific concepts and hone their inquiry skills. Through hands-on activities, experiments, and research projects, pupils actively engage in the scientific process, fostering a sense of ownership over their learning journey.


Our implementation plan for science education aligns closely with National Curriculum guidelines, ensuring comprehensive coverage of key concepts and skills at each stage of learning. We have meticulously designed our scheme of work to integrate prior learning seamlessly, fostering continuity and reinforcing foundational knowledge. By revisiting and building upon previously covered topics, pupils deepen their understanding and achieve greater mastery of scientific principles over time. This iterative approach not only enhances retention but also promotes a holistic understanding of the subject matter.


Throughout their scientific education, pupils actively engage in questioning, observing, measuring, predicting, planning, recording, interpreting, explaining, and evaluating. By incorporating these skills into lessons and activities, we foster a hands-on approach to learning, empowering students to become active participants in their scientific journey.



Through the implementation of our science curriculum, our pupils:

  • develop a love of science
  • become independent thinkers
  • question the world around them
  • develop a rich scientific vocabulary
  • learn to work collaboratively
  • retain key scientific concepts and information
  • meet age-related expectations in science

Science curriculum progression