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Why Teach Science?


Stoke Minster C.E (A) Primary School understands the need for all pupils to develop their Scientific ability as an essential component of all subjects and as a subject in its own right. A high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world. It involves a systematic study of the natural and physical world, leading to the drawing of conclusions. It is important to build upon the natural curiosity, awe and wonder that children have and to encourage them to embrace this, through techniques such as open questioning. Children should be provided with opportunities to develop their existing understanding through a range of experiences, such as practical experimentation and investigation, in order to open their minds to the social and cultural aspects of the world around them.


At Stoke Minster C.E (A) Primary School we believe science is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation, as well as using and applying process skills. We believe that a broad and balanced science education is the entitlement of all children, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability.

Pupils at Stoke Minster agree that science is going well at our school when:

  • We want to find out more.
  • We think and talk about our ideas.
  • We ask questions to investigate.
  • We decide what we need and how to do it ourselves.
  • Teachers don’t use words that are too tricky for us.
  • We can explain what we have done clearly.

Science and raising aspiration

The saying, "If she can't see it, she can't be it," speaks to the importance of introducing girls to female role models, especially in areas where women's accomplishments were often overlooked or minimized such as in science, mathematics, and technology. The posters that we have displayed in the corridor aims to bring more of these women's stories to light, spark interest— and inspire today's Minster Girls with the knowledge that she can be whatever she aspires to be! To find out more about these female Science pioneers visit: https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=23086


PSQM Award 2019

What an achievement! Our school was awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM)  Award. The award celebrates the quality of science teaching and learning in our school. The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) has identified the PSQM as an important process for developing quality science teaching and learning in primary schools. Here is Mrs Burgess picking up the award at JCB on the school’s behalf. We are now on the journey towards PSQM Gilt!


Space Week /Science Week 2019

Space week was officially launched to the whole school on Friday 4th October, with an inspiring NASA video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAuxvVBMykI.  Already there was great excitement from teachers and pupils alike for the following week’s events. Parents were then engaged too, through a menu of whole school homework challenges.

Monday through to Friday saw a flood of exciting projects arrive: numerous decorated space-themed cakes and biscuits as well as alien masks, orreries and rockets. Every class also participated in cross-curricular Space lessons from Science and Art, through to Computing and Literacy.

Pupil feedback showed that Space Week had a huge impact on pupils in terms of new learning across many curriculum areas, engagement, aspiration and without a doubt was great fun!



Vocabulary is a really important element to instill in children as early as possible. Without it communication is so difficult. Saying that specific vocabulary for subjects is also important to enable children to communicate effectively in academic areas. Please find attached the vocabulary requirements for all years. As a parent it's nice to be aware so you can challenge your child and help them develop. You never know if your child will be the next Einstein!

Encouraging Children to work Scientifically

In order for primary school children to operate as successful scientists, they should be taught a wide range of essential enquiry skills. These skills should build upon earlier opportunities they have had to play, explore, create, engage in active learning, and think critically in the Early Years Foundation Stage. These symbols have been designed by our staff in order to clearly show which enquiry skills the pupils are developing and will be used from Y1-Y6.

Science ‘Family’ Homework.

At Stoke Minster, we believe that it is important that children realise that science is so much more than a school subject.  

Young children are born scientists. Every time they make mud, build a block tower, or examine a leaf, they are investigating how the world works and building critical-thinking skills. You can play an important role in helping to encourage your child’s scientific investigations. You don’t have to know the “right answer” to help your child learn science. You can build on children’s natural curiosity by asking questions and looking for answers together. 

Our ‘family’ Science homework is designed to enable you and your child to explore together.  

Click here to see our Rube Goldberg work
Click here to see our Nature Walk work

Useful Links

Why not use this website to explore future careers opportunities that are linked to science?


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There are many more useful websites for science which can be found on the Parents & Pupil pages. 


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