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Primary School


Being a Scientist

Lead Scientist:

Miss Hoddinott


How do we teach Science and why has this approach been chosen?

During their time at Stanbridge, our pupils will immerse themselves in many different Enquiry lessons as they move up through the school. Several of these enquiries require the children to take on the role of a scientist (often alongside other states of being such as geographers, historians, engineers, artists) to answer bigger questions. Examples of these include:


Year 1- What could my hat be made of? 


Year 2- How do plants grow near me?


Year 3- What does the darkness come from?


Year 4- Why are more people becoming vegetarian?


Year 5- How can science help (the homeless)?


Year 6- Linnaeus and Darwin- How are they connected?


We have a wide range of specialist equipment for learners to use during their investigations. Our school grounds are amazing for outdoor learning and we believe getting outside as much as possible is paramount for our scientists. We have an allotment area which learners enjoy taking care of as well as a forest school area which we make the most of as much as possible in the warmer weather.



Why is it right for children at Stanbridge?

It is our intention to develop a lifelong curiosity and interest in science in our pupils. We aim for learners to have the opportunity, wherever possible, to learn through a variety of investigations within the enquiries. This ultimately leads them to become equipped for life to ask and answer questions about the world around them.


We encourage our learners to remind themselves of the Stanbridge moto 'Be Brave, Not Perfect' when working as scientists. Some of the most important scientific discoveries were made after a series of mistakes after all! This builds confidence and curiousity in our children and allows them to experiment and learn more freely.






Scientist skills progression at Stanbridge