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We believe that a high-quality science education for our Hertford children provides them with the foundations for understanding the world around them.  We also know that Science has changed our lives, continues to do so and is vital to the world’s future prosperity.  We teach a varied, rigorous and exploratory science education, as well as essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science to help them to become curious, inquisitive scientists.  Our curriculum develops scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding for all pupils, as well as fostering an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries.  This helps the children to be able to ask and answer scientific questions about the world around them.  Our curriculum also enables children to become enquiry-based learners collaborating through researching, investigating and evaluating experiences and opportunities to develop their ‘Working With Others’ skills is given high prominence. We believe it is important to cultivate a respect for living organisms and for the physical environment. We believe that all children should have equal access and opportunity to experience the awe and wonder that science can reveal and our aim is that children will develop a life-long interest in science and their world.  

Human teeth and their functions


Changes of state- creating firelighters at forest school

A simulation of human digestion

The actions of the teeth and tongue

The stomach and intestines


At Hertford Junior School we teach scientific concepts through the use of practical experiences as much as possible and use the National Curriculum objectives to inform planning.  We understand that not all children have equal access to knowledge of the world and ensure we provide an enriched curriculum which is accessible to all. Additional opportunities are made for our children to work outside in our developed grounds and deepen their scientific knowledge during forest school sessions.  Progression is developed throughout the Key Stage to build upon pupils’ knowledge and understanding through the use of a spiral approach to learning.  Scientific enquiry skills are embedded throughout our science curriculum and preparing children to be able to ask their own scientific questions is key.

Science Curriculum Progression map -click on the image to view document

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