At Penketh South Community Primary School, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. As one of the core subjects taught in Primary Schools, we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires.

The Scientific area of learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the world around them, and it develops skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry. It will spark the natural curiosity of the child, fire their enthusiasm, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence.

At Penketh South Community Primary School, in conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our Science teaching offers opportunities for children to:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the different disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics;
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them;
  • be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.
  • develop the essential scientific enquiry skills to deepen their scientific knowledge.
  • Use a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including I.T., diagrams, graphs and charts.
  • Develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle with regard to their own, and other children’s safety.
  • Develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery.


The National Curriculum provides a structure and skill development for the science curriculum being taught throughout the school, which is now linked, where possible to the wider curriculum in order to provide a creative scheme of work, which reflects a balanced programme of study.

At Penketh South Community Primary School:

Children generally have weekly lessons in Science throughout Key Stage 1 and 2, although some aspects of Science may be taught in a 'block', using a programme of study and resources. In Early years, science is taught through the children learning about the world around them in their learning through play. 

We endeavour to ensure that the Science curriculum we provide will give children the confidence and motivation to become successful learners and to continue to further develop their Scientific skills into the next stage of their education and ultimately have high aspirations for their future. Children learn the possibilities for careers in Science as a result of our connections with national agencies. 

Click on the link below to see what we teach in Science: what the children need to know and understand and the skills and attitudes they will develop as they are learning in Science:-

For more detail, see class pages for more detail.


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Penketh South CP School
Finlay Ave, Penketh, Warrington WA5 2PN
Headteacher | Angela Grace
Chair of Governors | Carolyn Williams
SENCO | Lorraine Browne