At Carnforth School, we believe science provides opportunities for children to explore the world around them and embrace their inquisitive nature.  It is our intent to encourage children to be inquisitive throughout their time at the school and beyond.  

Our science curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity in children about our universe and promotes respect for the living and non-living things. We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. We encourage our children to become resilient learners and aim to provide an environment where children lead their science learning through enquiry, work collaboratively, feel confident to make ‘magic mistakes’ and to make steps to ultimately succeed.  


Throughout the programmes of study, the children will acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group, as well as the application of working scientifically. We ensure that the core skills of observation, asking questions and investigating are built-on and developed throughout children’s time at the school so that they can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently and continue to ask questions. Language is integral to the development and progress of scientific knowledge; we will give children the language to explain, justify their findings and debate which will enable them to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the subject.  

Our curriculum will provide opportunities to use their skills in reading to further unlock the science curriculum. We want children to aim high and understand the opportunities the future could hold for them as scientists. We want children to be inspired to be a meteorologist, forensic scientist, vet, chemist, microbiologist and engineer.