At Willowbrook Mead Primary Academy, science is taught discreetly with one science lesson per week. Each year group studies 5 science topics – these topics can be found in the long term plan below.

Willowbrook Mead has been accredited the Silver Primary Science Quality Mark. The Primary Science Quality Mark scheme enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning. The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire’s School of Education in partnership with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. It is supported by the Royal Society for Chemistry, the Ogden Trust and the Association for Science Education.

Science homework continues to be part of our half-termly topic homework. We and hope children will continue their science learning and thinking scientifically at home.

Willowbrook Mead has 10 principles of science teaching and learning:

  • At Willowbrook Mead, we know good science teaching and learning is happening when…
  • Children are able talk about their learning using scientific vocabulary
  • Children are asking the questions and have a desire to investigate and explore
  • Children use a range of equipment, including ICT
  • Children are engaged and excited to explore – they enjoy science
  • There are WOW moments that surprise the children
  • There is skill progression across the school
  • Learning is purposeful with links to everyday life and the future
  • Use is made of the outdoors and completing fieldwork
  • There are cross-curricular links and children make these links with learning placed in context
  • Learning is recorded in a variety of ways
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5Year 6
Animals including humansAnimals including humansAnimals including humansAnimals including humansAnimals including humansAnimals including humans
Everyday MaterialsLiving things and their environmentForces and MagnetsLiving things and their environmentEarth and SpaceEvolution and Inheritance
Seasonal ChangesUses of everyday materialsLightStates of matterLiving things and their environmentLiving things and their environment
Free investigationFree investigationRocksSoundProperties and changes of matterLight


Subject Leader/s

Mr P Warrington

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