At St. Oswald’s, we follow the national curriculum programme of study for science ensuring all pupils develop their scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding. We aim to harness the children’s natural excitement and curiosity so lessons are hands-on where possible, giving pupils practical opportunities to develop their ‘working scientifically’ skills. Having superb school grounds and a pond on site is and invaluable resource is available to all Year groups, ensuring they have a real setting in which to base their investigations. The Early Years Frameworkprovides the foundation for our Science curriculum.


Our Science curriculum provides a broad framework for learning and outlines the knowledge and skills taught in each Key Stage. Teachers plan lessons for their class using  the KLIPS document, which incorporates skills for working scientifically. When teaching Science, teachers follow the children’s interests to ensure their learning is engaging, broad and balanced. Science is taught discretely every week for at least 90 minutes. In our science lessons we...

  • Develop, through practical work, the skills of observation, prediction, investigation, interpretation, communication, questioning and hypothesising, and increasingly precise measurement skills and  use of ICT.

  • Encourage and enable pupils to ask their own questions , devise their own investigations and seek answers independently and systematically.

  • Encourage children to question their results and repeat the investigation if the results are not as expected.

  • Enable children to develop their skills of team work and co-operation through working with others,

  • Enhance learning experiences through expert visitors and educational visits. 

  • Build the confidence and resilience to make mistakes and learn from them.


All children leave St Oswald’s equipped with the enthusiasm, motivation,  knowledge and skills to take full advantage of the Science curriculum at KS3 and beyond. We encourage all children , regardless of gender or background, to see themselves as scientists and aspire to make them aware of the diverse science-based careers available to everyone. Our children are equipped with the vocabulary to be able to discuss their learning and communicate their scientific understanding. They appreciate that we do not always know the answers when carrying out scientific enquiry and know how to use their curiosity to deepen their scientific knowledge and skills.




Year 5- Sorting and Classifying Materials

Year 3- Investigating Shadows

Year 4- Science- The Digestive System

Year 1-Observing the Weather

Year 3- Signs of Spring

Year 4- States of Matter-Melting Chocolate

Year 3- More Magnets

Year 1- Testing for transparency

Year 3- Magnets

Year 1- Investigating the properties of materials

Year 5- Investigating Forces

Year 3- Animal Skeletons

Year 3- Do people with longer arms throw farther? 

Year 3- The Human Skeleton 

Living Things in Year 2Rocket Science in Year 1Geology in Year 3Minibeasts in Year 4 Keeping healthy and the circulatory system Year 6

Science Capital - Y5 visit the Vehicle Museum in Leyland

Science Capital - Y3 visit MOSI

Botanical Art in Year 5 Transparency in Year1Light investigations Year 6

A hospital pharmacist came to hear about our work

Identifying and Classifying in KS2

Animals - Skeletons and Movement in Year 3

Y3 and Y4 STEM club 


St Oswald's Home Learning Hub 

The Wellcome Trust


STEM resources

Primary Science Teaching Trust

The Association for Science in Education

Primary Science Quality Mark

BBC Terrific Scientific


Core Knowledge

St Mary’s University Primary Science Padlet

Developing Experts

Contact Us

St Oswald's Catholic Primary School

Chapel Lane, Longton, Preston, PR4 5EB

T: 01772 613402