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At Marshfield Primary, we recognise the importance of science and technology in everyday life. Our curriculum builds on the natural curiosity of children and develops both their subject knowledge and their scientific skills, enabling them to critically evaluate information and link their learning to everyday life. By the time they leave us, children will be confident and competent scientists, ready for their time in Key Stage 3 and alive to career opportunities in STEM.

We adopt a fully inclusive, mind-friendly approach to teaching and learning in Science where children are challenged sufficiently in a supportive environment. Assessment for learning allows children and teachers to review the strategies and methods used in the lessons, thus always moving learning on. All teachers follow a clear teaching sequence of progression throughout each area of Science following the CUSP Science scheme.


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.

Science supports learning across the curriculum: it provides opportunities for children to apply their knowledge of measures and statistics when conducting scientific investigations. The knowledge of the human body supports exercise in PE and healthy eating and self-care in PSHE.

Our children in the Foundation Stage receive a personalised curriculum designed around the Understanding the World curriculum. The UTW curriculum plan has clear learning objectives and prescribed vocabulary that are progressive, helping children build on their knowledge, skills and understanding in preparation for the Y1 Science curriculum.



Mr Maddra, our Science lead, is a published scientist in the field of palaeontology: he has discovered scientifically important fossils and written the papers describing them. Some of those fossils are on public display in the Yorkshire Museum, York.

Mr Maddra (centre in the white hard hat) leading a guided walk on the Yorkshire Coast