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Highfields Primary School


Ofsted Quotes


'Teachers use their excellent subject knowledge and well developed questioning skills to provide pupils with opportunities to demonstrate their deeper understanding of the topics they are studying. Foe example, astute questioning enabled pupils in a Year 5 science lesson to demonstrate their deepening understanding of the reliability of the experiments that they were conducting.'

(Taken from Ofsted report 2016)

Science at Highfields


Science is an integral part of all of our lives, with links to many other subjects, including maths and computing. At Highfields children are encouraged to investigate, solve problems and ask questions about a wide range of aspects of the world around them and to explore aspects of biology, chemistry and physics in the most practical and engaging ways possible.

We have developed good links with the local high school which has given us access to greater range of resources and the opportunity to have lessons in the science labs which are led by the High School staff.

Educational visits regularly have a science theme as their basis. Children are lucky that the school is situated near to a range of different environments which they can explore. In addition children have had the opportunity  to experience pond dipping and animal encounters at local zoos. The extensive school grounds offer the chance for investigations to be carried out, including the growing of plants in the school garden.

The school also encourages parents to get involved in the science that their children do with an annual science morning. Parents are invited to spend time in school working with their children on a range of investigations.

Curriculum Science Overview - Yrs 1-6

Skills Progression for Science

Science Policy

Year 1 and 2 in the Space Dome

Year 1 and 2 had an amazing ‘out of this world’ experience when we had the opportunity to experience life in Space. Once we had ‘crawled’ through the sparkly tunnel we enjoyed stargazing and learning about all the Planets in our Solar System. As we experienced ‘moving’ in Space we looked at different star constellations and listened to the story of Sirius and Orion and how they came to find themselves living amongst the Stars. 

Key Stage 1 investigating sound

Foundation Stage investigating insulators and ice.

Investigating aqueducts in year 1 and 2

Rhombus class investigated which metal was the most  effective electrical conductor as part of their work in science. They had to work together to select equipment, carry out the investigation, then record and present their results to the rest of the class.

Exploring Light and Dark

Women in Science and Technology Week.

In the Spring Term we celebrated the achievements of a range of women from a variety of science and technology fields. These included the paleontologist Mary Anning, the cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the nurse Edith Cavell, the entymologist Maria Sibylla Meria and the conservationists Jane Goodall and Rachel Carson.

Women in Science Week

The Bug Man came for a visit to Year 1 and 2!

Year 1 and 2 are boldly going into Space!

Year 1 and 2 Investigating Circuits

Year 2 Science Display

Year 5 and 6 have studied the human body

Year 3 and 4 are looking into sound

Year 5 and 6 Investigating Light

Year 2 Floating and Sinking

Year 1 and 2 visit to Tropical Wings

Investigating seed growth with seeds from the International Space Station

Year 5 studying life cycles

Year 6 lung capacity investigation

Building periscopes

Investigating circuits in Key Stage 1

Exploring floating and sinking