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At Reculver, our science teaching aims to 

stimulate a child’s curiosity in finding out  

why things happen in the way they do.  

It teaches methods of enquiry and  

investigation that are designed to stimulate 

creative thought. Our children learn to ask  

scientific questions that relate to the world 

they live in, and begin to appreciate the ways 

in which science will affect their future on a  

personal, national and global level. 

Reculver’s science teaching enables children to: 

  • Develop interest and enjoyment in science 

  • Develop understanding of key scientific concepts and skills 

  • Enable pupils to communicate scientific ideas effectively through the use of relevant scientific language 

  • Plan, implement, conclude and evaluate scientific investigations using equipment correctly. This also includes relevant ICT equipment 

  • Develop awareness as to how science influences and affects our everyday lives 

We are excited to embed and extend our science teaching further by connecting it with the overarching topics each year group is working on that term. 

We are doing this in conjunction with Cornerstones, which provides real world, active and engaging ways to learn about each scientific topic. 

The overview document at the bottom of this page shows the range of coverage of knowledge, skills and working scientifically objectives the children will experience through their time at Reculver. 

Our teachers use a range of strategies during science teaching including: 

  • Investigative enquiry 

  • Questioning 

  • Illustrative enquiry 

  • Exploration 

Children are given the opportunity to investigate and answer scientific questions using a range of data, which may be obtained through practical experiences. They will participate in investigations, both directed and self-planned, and will be given the chance to present their results in many different ways. 

Here are just some of our children engaging actively with science lessons we have already completed this year. 


Learning about variation in species by getting a very close look at different fish. 


Learning about how the Earth and Moon orbit the sun, creating day and night, as well as different seasons.  


Investigating teeth and which ones are required for different foods. 


When circumstances allow, Reculver offers a wide range of extra-curricular scientific opportunities. A science club has been run for the last few years, with the children receiving training on conducting experiments and investigations. We hope to develop our scientists further with a potential new initiative called the Science Crew. This group will be able to further extend their knowledge and understanding by demonstrating experiments and investigations to their peers throughout the school. 

School trips often have a scientific link. Year 6 will visit Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, to learn about the investigations that helped him develop his theory of evolution. Year 5 are planning to visit The Observatory Science Centre in Herstmonceux, as part of their investigation of Space. The whole school celebrates Science Week each year, with outside experts coming in to work with the children to understand that science exists within everything. This has included connections with the Turner Gallery in Margate, Professor Bubbleworks, Sublime Science and St Anselm’s Secondary School. We value these connections and are eager to further develop them.