At James Brindley, we use the Plymouth Science scheme of work from EYFS to Year 6 to ensure careful sequencing and delivery of a full and robust knowledge-based content of the Primary National Curriculum. The scheme places greater focus on learning through practical enquiry and investigation, which allows children to experience the true wonder and amazement of Science.

The clear progression ensures that children are continually building on their prior learning as they systematically develop their understanding of key ideas and their scientific skills. Pupils have opportunities to ask their own questions and consider which types of scientific enquiry are likely to be the best way of answering them. Our pupils draw conclusions and use scientific vocabulary to discuss and present their findings in a range of different ways.

The scheme of work includes:

  • Pre-learning, from previous year groups and lessons.

  • Cross-curricular links across modules

  • Detailed lesson plans with knowledge, working scientifically and scientific enquiry objectives.

  • Embedded working scientifically assessment.

  • Hands-on learning in each lesson with easy-to-follow slides.

  • Metacognitive approaches include mini quizzes, recapping, and revisiting knowledge.

  • Knowledge quizzes at the end of each unit.

  • Full resources included with differentiation in working scientifically skills.

We explore different types of enquiry approaches and build pupils’ enquiry skills and knowledge in each aspect as they progress through school.

Enquiry approaches:

  • Observation over time: (observe changes that occur over a period of time ranging from minutes to months)

  • Identifying, grouping and classifying: (identifying and naming materials/living things and making observations or carrying out tests to organise them into groups)

  • Pattern-seeking: (identify patterns and look for relationships in enquiries where variables are difficult to control)

  • Comparative and fair testing: (observing or measuring the effect of changing one variable when controlling others)

  • Research: (use secondary sources of information to answer scientific questions)

  • Problem-solving: (apply prior scientific knowledge to find answers to problems)

Enquiry skills:

  • Asking questions: (ask questions that can be answered using a scientific enquiry)

  • Making predictions: (use prior knowledge to suggest what will happen in an enquiry)

  • Setting up tests: (decide on the method and equipment to use to carry out an enquiry)

  • Observing and measuring: (use senses and measuring equipment to make observations about the enquiry)

  • Recording data: (use tables, drawings and other means to note observations and measurements)

  • Interpreting and communicating Results: (use information from the data to say what you found out)

  • Evaluating: (reflect on the success of the enquiry approach and identify further questions for enquiry)

Curriculum Content & Planning