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Science teaches an understanding of natural phenomena.

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

This academic year 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 and questioning 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 completed this year.

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

Jack and George explaining how and why blood travels around the body.

Children in Panthers class exploring the heart.



When circumstances allow, Reculver offers a wide range of extra-curricular scientific opportunities. A science club has been run for the last two years, with the children receiving training on conducting experiments and investigations to share with others from the Primary Science Teaching Trust. They demonstrated their new skills at the school Christmas Fair and really enjoyed themselves.

School trips often have a scientific link. Year 6 visited Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, to learn about the investigations that helped him develop his theory of evolution. Year 5 visit Spires School and a county-wide science jamboree to develop their investigative skills. Middle School have visited the Science Museum in London and Lower School make fantastic use of our local environment to learn about the world around them.

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.