Science at Manchester Road

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Science National Curriculum 2013


At Manchester Road we believe that the science curriculum should develop the children's sense of curiosity about the world. Our curriculum is exciting and stimulating and provides children with lots of experiences that ensure they have opportunities to ask questions, to complete investigations and to speculate over results and observations.

We want children to develop an understanding of how science explains things we see in everyday life, and all the phenomena around us. We want the children to think methodically and critically about what they discover. Children learn to work in teams, to plan and prepare carefully and to be specific and accurate about what they see and find out. 

The curriculum at Manchester Road covers the national curriculum, and ensures the children progress through their learning. Lessons are sequenced carefully over the year so that children have the opportunity to re - cap on previous learning and to learn new knowledge and skills. Each unit of science has a knowledge organiser so that teachers are able to understand the key learning concepts for the children. A range of resources and materials are then used to deliver the very best learning experiences possible. when conducting investigations, children are encouraged to think independently, and to record their findings carefully. We encourage the children to become scientists, and to summarise and feedback their findings in a scientific way.

At the end of the science teaching sequences the children are prepared for the curriculum at high school, and are confident when talking about their scientific knowledge.


Science Concept Maps EY - Y6

Science Subject Matrix


Knowledge Organisers:

Y1 Animals Including Humans

Y1 Weather

Y1 Materials 

Y1 Plants