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West Oxford Primary

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“A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity.  Pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational
explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.”
National Curriculum 2104


Science at West Oxford 


Science at West Oxford Intent, Implementation and Impact




It is our intent to give children at West Oxford, a science curriculum which enables them to confidently explore and discover the world around them. We aim to create fun and stimulating science lessons that nurture children’s natural curiosity and their on-going development. Through a hands-on, enquiry-based curriculum which promotes questioning, challenge, working practically, investigating, evaluating, making choices, working independently and using key scientific vocabulary.  Our science curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils develop progressive, scientific enquiry skills across all key stages within the strands of Science.  These are embedded in each topic the children study and these topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at school. The curriculum builds on prior learning with progression throughout the school. Consideration is given to the order in which knowledge is taught so that children can relate their learning to previous learning.


Science teaching at West Oxford involves adapting and extending the curriculum to match all the needs of the children.  Science is taught weekly, and where possible, is linked to class topics. Teachers plan, following the National Curriculum requirements for their year group. Children are given opportunities to thrive within practical activities and investigations to extend their skills further through science week and focused days.  Successes and achievements, such as taking part and winning the Scienceoxford Big Science Event twice, are celebrated through assemblies, newsletters and school website.

We ensure that all children are provided with rich learning experiences that aim to:

  • Build on their subject knowledge so that it is retained and not forgotten
  • Question the world around them and become independent learners.
  • Progress in their scientific enquiry skills and become experienced in planning their own, child led investigations.
  • Build on our children’s natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problem solving.
  • Encouraging open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance.
  • Develop investigation skills including observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining an evaluating.
  • Develop the use of scientific vocabulary (see progression of scientific vocabulary)
  • Develop use of computing in investigating and recording.
  • Make links between science and other subjects.
  • Use outdoor learning as a natural part of the science curriculum.


The impact and measure of this is to ensure children not only acquire the appropriate age related knowledge linked to the science curriculum, but also skills which equip them to progress from their starting points, and within their everyday lives.

All children will:

  • A bank of knowledge from which to drawn from
  • Have a wider variety of skills linked to both scientific knowledge and understanding, and scientific enquiry/investigative skills;
  • A richer vocabulary which will enable them to articulate their understanding of taught concepts;
  • Work collaboratively and practically to investigate, experiment and achieve,
  • Question ideas and reflect on knowledge.



Science Cultural Capital at West Oxford School 

It is the essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement”.   (Ofsted School Inspection Handbook November 2019)

Cultural Capital is the accumulation on knowledge, behaviours and skills that a student can draw upon and which demonstrates their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence. It is one of the key ingredients a student will draw upon to be successful in society, at Secondary school and further education and eventually their career and the world of work.

At West Oxford we enhance children’s experiences and learning by utilising different opportunities in our science curriculum.  We provide engaging weekly science lessons, whilst teaching the National Curriculum topics to develop their working scientifically skills. We encourage children to extend their vocabulary within science. We take advantage of any opportunities to visit science centres or to invite scientists into our school to run workshops and to demonstrate that science encompasses so many different aspects of our lives.

Here's just a taste of what we have been doing this academic year.


Science Week 2023

The whole school, from Early Years - Y6, worked like scientists to plan, carryout investigations and present their findings to their classes in the form of a poster.

Our winning team this year, a team of four, Y6 girls, investigated which music makes you work the quickest. They will go on to represent West Oxford at the Cluster judging round in May. 


After attending the Big Science Oxford Finals in July, our Year 6 team cane runners up in the whole competition. Well done to them!



                              Year 4  

Year 5 



Science Workshops During Science Week

 Year 5 and 6 became detectives for their Crime Lab & Forensic Science Workshop.  They used their observational skills and forensic techniques to eliminate suspects, whilst uncovering their own personal profile. 


In January, Dr. Sarah Hilton, a science outreach lead in the Earth Sciences department at the University of Oxford cam e to West Oxford to run a number of different workshops. 


Reception children had the  I am a volcanologist workshop.  This workshop involved learning a volcano dance and the handling of equipment such as a volcanologists suit and gas mask.











Year 1 and 2 had the workshop, Goldilocks in Space. a workshop based around the story book, Goldilocks in Space. The children learnt about the different compositions of planets that make up our solar system and then finished by designing their own planet. Children were asked to say where their planet would sit in the solar system based on its properties e.g. nearer or far away from the sun.


Year 3 Rocks and Volcanoes – Focused on igneous rocks and volcanoes. Children handled igneous rocks and thought about where in a volcano they formed, they also handled a volcanologists suit and took part in a whole class experiment which used party poppers to make predictions of volcanic eruptions.  



Science Week 2021

Science week was a great success with the whole school participating and presenting their investigations to their class.  Class winners went on to film their presentations, which were then judge by all the teaching staff to agree on an overall winner. 

Some examples of the finished posters:


Year 1

Year 5

Our team of two year 4 pupils successfully progressed to the Grand Finals of the ScienceOxford science competition 2021.  They didn't make the winning line-up but had great fun presenting their investigation to a panel of judges via zoom and received some wonderful goodie bags for all their hard work and enthusiasm. 


Take a look at some of the exciting science we have been doing at

home and at school




Year 2 have been building their own microhabitat, a bug hotel

I wonder who will pay a visit :-)