Canklow Woods Primary School

Canklow Woods Primary School

Part of White Woods Primary Academy Trust

Wood Lane, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 2XJ

01709 828405


"The important thing is to never stop questioning."  

Albert Einstein


At Canklow Woods Primary school we believe that high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world.  We recognise the importance of science in aspects of our daily life.  

We endeavour to increase pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the world, develop the natural curiosity of the children we teach, acquire skills and knowledge which will encourage children to think scientifically, gain a clear understanding of scientific processes and understand the uses and implications of Science today and for the future.

At Canklow Woods Primary school, scientific enquiry skills are embedded into each of our topics and revisited and developed throughout their time at school.  The national curriculum provides us with a structure and skill development for the children, being taught throughout school, some of which is revisited and further developed later in school life. 

We teach science in a very fun, engaging and exciting way. We aspire for children to be passionate about science through the activities and investigations they take part in, for it to create interest and enthusiasm for the world they live in.

Our science teaching will.

  • Develop pupil’s interest and enjoyment of science, thus developing a positive attitude towards science and discovery.
  • pay particular focus to the children’s curiosity, encouraging them to pose questions, develop investigations and analyse any results.
  • Deliver the requirements of the national curriculum in a way that is engaging, motivating and ensures the success of all children.
  • Ensure all science lessons are purposeful, accurate and imaginative.
  • Ensure pupils have sufficient scientific knowledge to understand both the uses and implications of science, today and in the future. This will also give pupils an appreciation of the changing nature of scientific knowledge.
  • Ensure that skills when working scientifically are developed through school.


We use the national curriculum to teach our Science at Canklow Woods Primary School Wherever possible our science is practical and provides first hand experiences for the children, giving them the chance to explore, experiment  and investigate.  This may include education visits or visitors into school also.  Children are taught knowledge and skills in science and are encouraged to work scientifically from our foundation stage right through to year 6.  We actively encourage the children to ask and answer questions through problem solving, exploration and investigation, and using appropriate scientific vocabulary too.

National Primary Science Curriculum

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Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in science. 

Science is…

  • Arranged and taught in topic blocks by the class teacher. This will encourage a greater depth of knowledge.
  • Where possible,  linked to class topics with the use of a ‘Big question.’
  • Taught discreetly to ensure full coverage.
  • Planned to ensure the children are motivated, enthusiastic and able to develop their curiosity of the world, using high quality resources and often first hand experiences.
  • Taught using a wide range of vocabulary linked to the topic and encourages children to use it also.
  • Built upon learning and skill development of previous years, enabling the children to become more confident, proficient when selecting scientific equipment and drawing conclusions.
  • Taught allowing for a wide range of scientific enquiry within each topic (pattern seeking, observation over time,  classifying and grouping, comparative and fair testing, researching and using secondary sources)  and uses a very ‘hands on’ approach where possible. Allowing children to embed scientific understanding.
  • Taught with opportunities for outdoor learning including educational visits.
  • Planned to develop the children’s questioning skills.
  • Linked, where possible, to other curriculum subjects.
  • Taught weekly in both key stage one and two and is encouraged within the continuous provision in EYFS daily.