At St Wilfrid’s Church of England Primary Academy, science has always been a high priority subject. The school and it's teachers use science to stimulate and excite pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and to explain the events of the world around them. Our curriculum develops the children’s curiosity with knowledge and engages learners at all levels through the use of mini projects which applies their knowledge to solve a problem.

Our annual science show also helps to enthuse the children’s love of science for life. In addition the curriculum incorporates many outdoor learning opportunities to enable the children to make links with what they have learnt in the classroom with the outside world. At St Wilfrid’s, we encourage scientists to visit the school to do workshops for the children to further enrich the curriculum and bring it alive!

The purpose of the new science curriculum is to give children essential knowledge and concepts to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, how things behave and to analyse causes.

Our creative science is broad and balanced and focuses on:

  • Working scientifically
  • Seasonal changes
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Animals including humans
  • Everyday materials
  • Plants

In key stage 1 pupils are encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. This includes observing changes over a period of time and noticing patterns as well. They also learn about seasonal changes and everyday materials.

In Key stage 2 pupils broaden their scientific view of the world by exploring, discussing, testing and developing ideas. They begin to ask questions, make observations and decisions about which types of scientific enquiry are the best ways of answering them.

Units of study include:

  • Living things and their habitats
  • Properties and changes of materials/rocks/ states of matter
  • Light/ sound/electricity
  • Forces and magnets
  • Earth and space
  • Evolution and inheritance

All pupils’ learning is progressive, developmental and most of all stimulating to their general interest. We aim to develop skills of creativity, perseverance and co-operation so that science enhances the child’s ability to learn confidently in the whole curriculum.

Our science data from prior years has shown that most Year 6 pupils are working at levels higher than typically expected for their ages.


“By the end of Year 6 many pupils are working at levels higher than typically expected for their ages. In Science tests almost 70% of pupils exceeded the standard expectations for their age”                         

Ofsted, September 2007

Office Contact: Mrs P Jackson

St Wilfrid's Church of England

Primary Academy.

Rectory Lane, Standish,

Wigan WN6 0XB

Tel: 01257423992

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