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Hempstalls Primary School

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Science Week 2020-Careers Day

We  hosted a careers afternoon for Year 5 and 6 that focused on jobs in STEM industries. We were very lucky to have visitors from Siemens, DPD, Newcastle College and New Balance as well as other visitors with varied careers including an electrician, a florist and two physiotherapists. Thank you to everyone who attended, the session really opened our childrens eyes to the opportunities that are out there!

Science Week 2020-Parent Workshop's

We had a very successful science week at Hempstalls! The children engaged in a wide range of activities including parent workshops on Monday and Tuesday evening and 'The Big Science Share' that took place in school - Year 5 took on the role of teachers and shared investigations with Year 2 and Year 3. 

Imagine That! Liverpool

 As part of Science Week 2020, Year 1 took a visit to Imagine That! in Liverpool and thoroughly enjoyed all the wonderful activities!

During science week 2019, the children took part in a wide range of activities including parent workshops in year 4 and 5, creating homes for our insects in year 2 and much more. Year 3 also ran a science fair for year 1 and 2 where they supported the younger children to complete simple enquiries.

















Everyday Materials (what are things made from, identifying simple properties, comparing and grouping)

Use of everyday materials (suitability of materials, how can materials be changed)

Animals, including humans (healthy eating, muscles and skeletons)



Animals, including humans (health and circulation)

Seasonal changes (Autumn and Winter focus)


Animals, including humans (Teeth, eating and digestion)

Earth and Space

Living things and their habitats (classifying including microorganisms)



Animals, including humans (naming animals & body parts)

Plants (conditions for growing)

Rocks (including fossil formation)

Living things and their habitats (grouping and simple classifying/ changes to habitats can pose dangers)

Living things and their habitats (life cycles)


Seasonal changes

Living things and their habitats (suitable habitats/ simple food chains)

Plants (function of parts & life cycle)



Animals, including humans (changes in humans as they grow)





Plants (names and structure of plants)


Animals, including humans (health and growth)

Forces and magnets


States of matter

Properties and changes of materials


Exploratory unit (focused on working scientifically)





At Hempstalls Primary School we believe that 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. Our children are able to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena through a build up of key foundational knowledge and the opportunity to investigate their own questions with support from staff with strong subject knowledge. The children are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. They are also immersed in scientific vocabulary, which aids children’s knowledge and enables them to discuss their new discoveries and form questions about the world.




At Hempstalls Primary School, scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each topic the children study and these topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at school as part of our progressive curriculum. Topics, such as Plants, are taught in Key Stage One and studied again in further detail throughout Key Stage Two. This model allows children to build upon their prior knowledge and increases their enthusiasm for the topics whilst embedding this procedural knowledge into the long-term memory. Planning for science is a process in which all teachers are involved to ensure that the school gives full coverage of the National Curriculum. Science is taught in 2-3 week long blocks, during which children are able to build upon their previous knowledge and develop multiple enquiries to gain new knowledge, solve problems and answer their own questions.


Science is also enhanced by additional experiences outside of the classroom. This includes trips to the local high school and college to experience science at a higher level, trips to gain more knowledge such as to a science museum or zoo and workshops that link with parents to explore new scientific ideas. Here is a small sample of activities planned to enrich the science curriculum this year:


Year group

Enhancing experiences planned for 2019/2020

Early Years

·         Regular welly walks to experience the world around them

·         Teeth brushing focus – links to our bodies

·         Use of the forest school area

Year 1

·         Trip to ‘Imagine That’ science museum.

·         Use of the forest school area to explore the seasonal changes.

·         Growing plants linked to plants topic.

Year 2

·         Trip to Chester Zoo linked to animals topic.

·         Growing plants linked to plants topic.

Year 3

·         Use of cookery room to create healthy meals linked to humans topics

·         ‘Funtrition’ workshop linked to healthy eating

·         Trip to Westport Lake linked to Stone Age topic and rocks

·         Planting trees with the eco council

Year 4

·         Parent workshop – electricity

·         Trip to RAF Cosford – time in their experiment area


Year 5

·         Parent workshop – forces

·         Trip to Newcastle College Lego Innovation Centre – how can we solve problems? What does STEM look like in the real world?

Year 6

·         Trip to Chesterton High School  with science workshop

·         Trip to Newcastle College Lego Innovation Centre – how can we solve problems? What does STEM look like in the real world?




Our Science Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. 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 have:

  • A wider variety of skills linked to both scientific knowledge and understanding, and scientific enquiry/investigative skills.
  • A richer vocabulary which will enable to articulate their understanding of taught concepts.
  • High aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life.