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Think like a...Scientist!


We believe that the teaching of Science at Eskdale promotes our pupils to become curious, creative and critical thinkers, equipping them with skills to take their scientific learning into the future.

The learning at Eskdale is rooted in our 5 core values and combines practical skills with greater knowledge which will prepare pupils for life in a world where challenges are increasingly overcome through technological and scientific developments. Through Science our pupils will learn to be curious, consider evidence, think critically and understand the relationship between themselves, other people and the wider environment.


Our core intent is to enable all pupils to strive to:

✓ Develop enthusiasm and positive attitudes towards Science

✓ Understanding of scientific methodology

✓ Critically evaluate both their own and others’ work, extending and improving their ideas

✓ Be aware of the historical and social perspective of science that has formed the modern world.


Pupils and staff follow a process model to ensure children become adept at “Thinking like a Scientist” as they move through the key stage.

This incorporates the following stages of learning:

• What do I need to know- Substantive knowledge

• What do I need to be able to do?- Disciplinary knowledge

• What steps do I need to take?

• What is the answer to the question?


For our pupils to achieve, both learning more and remembering more, our method of teaching (pedagogy) incorporates meta-cognitive strategies to enable all pupils to retain the learning of both skills and knowledge.

This is typically applied by:

✓ Activating prior knowledge

✓ Small step teaching delivery

✓ Independent practice

✓ Feedback

How we adapt the Science Curriculum for SEND Pupils


As part of our quality first approach to teaching, we use a range of strategies to support SEND pupils to access the Science curriculum. The document below details examples of the adaptations that are made to support pupils in class.