Our Curriculum Intent

For children to:

  • be engaged, inspired and challenged.
  • have a positive attitude towards the subject of Science with a desire to further their understanding of the world that we live in and how it works.
  • understand that there are different ways of finding out the answers to questions and be able select the best type of enquiry to use in different situations.
  • be able to think critically and evaluate the reliability of results of investigations. They should understand that they aren’t always accurate and be able to identify the factors that may have caused this and ways in which they can be improved.
  • enjoy the subject and be successful at it.


Teachers use and adapt the Kent science scheme of work, which aligns closely with the national curriculum. It provides a high-quality science education with foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

At Alexandra Junior School, the curriculum develops with increasing depth and challenge as children move through the year groups. The innovative, and sequential lessons, encourage children to make connections between prior knowledge and experience.  Pupils are taught to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes and trends.

Children are explicitly taught scientific skills, such as predicting outcomes and creating a hypothesis with increasing complexity.  Wherever possible, practical experiments, science clubs, visits and inspirational guests further enhance the science provision at Highfield.


All children at Alexandra Junior School will acquire:

  • The ability to know more, remember more and explain more about the subject
  • A wider range of scientific skills
  • A richer scientific vocabulary
  • Opportunities to apply their scientific knowledge and understanding
  • An enjoyment and enthusiasm about science
  • The ability to relate science lessons to real-life situations and the importance of science in the real world.

Science Progression Overview