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Curriculum Intent

At Valentine we want our children to become confident, excited and inquisitive scientists!  We believe that every child deserves a broad and balanced Science curriculum which enables them to confidently explore and discover their surroundings, so that they have a deeper understanding of the world we live in.  Through our digital platform ‘Developing Experts’, we equip each child with the specific skills and knowledge they need to help them think scientifically. In doing so, they gain an understanding of scientific processes and the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.  


At Valentine we  promote our school values of aspiration and confidence by creating a sense of excitement and curiosity around science, developing learners who are able to question, investigate and come to their own conclusions about the world around them.  By expanding our children’s cultural capital through carefully planned opportunities to actively carry out different types of scientific enquiries, we encourage them to be aspirational, considering a range of career choices within the field of science such as astronauts, forensic scientists, toxicologists or microbiologists.  At Valentine we develop our children’s ability to empathise with the world around them, encouraging them to care for their environment and the plants and animals within it.  We will challenge them to consider the materials that we use in everyday life, the sustainability of these and the impact they have on the habitats around them.


End of Key Stage Expectations

By the end of EYFS, children will be able to explore the natural world around them, making observations and drawing pictures of animals and plants. They will understand processes and changes in the natural world around them, including the seasons and changing states of matter.


By the end of KS1, children will be curious and ask questions about what they notice in the natural and humanly constructed world around them. They will have developed 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, carrying out simple comparative tests, and finding things out using secondary sources of information. They will use simple scientific language to talk about what they have learned. 


By the end of KS2, children will have a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. They will be able to ask their own questions about scientific phenomena as well as analyse functions, relationships and interactions more systematically. They will select the most appropriate ways to answer science questions using different types of scientific enquiry, including observing changes over different periods of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out comparative and fair tests and finding things out using a wide range of secondary sources of information. Children will draw conclusions based on their data and observations, use evidence to justify their ideas, and use their scientific knowledge and understanding to explain their findings.


We expect children to leave Valentine viewing themselves as future scientists who can make a difference!




If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach please contact the school directly