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Trotts Hill Primary School and Nursery


Curriculum Overviews

Intent of our Science curriculum


The 2014 National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all children:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific skills required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. We understand that it is important for lessons to have a skills-based focus, and that the knowledge can be taught through this.


At Trotts Hill, we understand that children are naturally curious and we encourage this inquisitive nature throughout their time with us and beyond. Science fosters a healthy curiosity in children about our universe and promotes respect for the living and non-living. We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. Through the programmes of study in the National Curriculum science document, children will acquire and develop these skills throughout their Primary years. We ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are built-on and developed throughout their school career so that they can use equipment, conduct experiments, build arguments and explain concepts confidently, and continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings.


A set of five science principles – fun, inspiring, curious, collaborate, creative and communicate – are followed in the delivery of science learning. They aim to give children a love of science and provide them with transferrable skills. Pupils are actively involved by deciding themselves which principles have been met and which ones need more of a profile.  Science Ambassadors meet regularly and air their views about science teaching and learning.

We follow the National Curriculum for science which is delivered through a progressive path of knowledge and skills designed by Herts for Learning.  These are available for viewing in school on request.  The National Curriculum can be viewed via the link below.

Science Ambassadors


This team of Terrificccc scientists will help the school to follow our principles for scientific learning.

  • Ilaria, Jessica, Annie, Emmanuela, Luke, Evie- Grace, Layla, Alanna and Tynan


They are responsible for helping teachers to maintain and improve the high standard of science education at Trotts Hill. They monitor their learning experience against the principles listed below.

Buzzing about bees

The whole school became naturalists as we conducted our own research into bees.  The children were fascinated by these hard-working pollinators.  Many were surprised to learn how different bumble bees are to honey bees.  Years 5 and 6 also learnt that being a bee detective is an actual job!  There were maths skills in evidence too with the use of tally charts and graphs. 

Bailey carried out  a rocket investigation as part of the Science Ambassadors Virtual Club.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

Five nature activities to try at home