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“Don’t let anybody tell you, you can’t do anything”. Tim Peake

Philosophy and approach

At Cornerstone schools, we recognise the importance of science in every aspect of our daily lives and appreciate that science provides foundations for understanding the world. We believe that science ignites a child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen the way they do and gives children the opportunity to make sense of the world they live in.

Across our schools, our children will develop their scientific knowledge and working scientifically skills through a broad and balanced curriculum.

We aim to develop curious, enquiry-based learners who have a love and appreciation of science and ensure that children are given the opportunity to learn through practical, ‘hands on’ applications of science, research and discussion.

What you will see in Science lessons

Across our schools, teachers embed a positive attitude to science and reinforce the belief that all children are capable of achieving high expectations. Our science topics are carefully sequenced across the 2-year rolling programme to provide opportunity for children to build on prior learning and to introduce and revisit key concepts.

  • We follow a whole-school metacognitive approach. Teachers model thinking and talk to develop pupils’ metacognitive and cognitive skills and ensure that learning is sufficiently challenging.
  • Teachers use precise questioning to assess conceptual knowledge and skills. Mini quizzes are used at the start of science lessons to allow children the opportunity to revisit key vocabulary and knowledge across the year. In line with our curriculum philosophy, children learn challenging concepts, supported by intentional questioning.
  • Science lessons are based around a learning question to help shape an enquiry-based curriculum whereby children are encouraged to ask questions and are, consequently, given the opportunity to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers.
  • Working scientifically skills are embedded into every lesson to ensure that these skills are being developed efficiently throughout a child’s time at school. There is a clear progression in the working scientifically skills being developed with increasing challenge as children move through the year groups. Within lessons, children are offered the opportunity to undertake scientific enquiries and develop their skills as a scientist through asking questions, planning and carrying our experiments, developing and analysing information and drawing conclusions.
  • Vocabulary is explicitly shared at the beginning of lessons and is reinforced throughout a topic


Children at Cornerstone Schools will:

  • Demonstrate a love of science and be enthusiastic about further study or a career in Science or STEM;
  • Be able to communicate ideas about real-life science, using knowledge gained from research and experimentation;
  • Be able to question ideas and theories using their scientific knowledge for their reasoning;
  • Be able to articulate their understanding of scientific concepts using a rich variety of scientific language;
  • Demonstrate a love of ‘working scientifically’ through their written work and their organising, recording and interpreting results;
  • Work collaboratively and practically to solve problems using a metacognitive approach.

Cornerstone Science Policy
Please click here to see a breakdown of our science curriculum

Science 4 year rolling plan

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