Science Curriculum

“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.” Carl Sagan.

At Our Lady’s Bishop Eton we want our children to be naturally curious about the world around them. We want to embrace their sense of wonder about natural phenomena and to guide them into becoming enquiry-based learners. The science in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live. We want our children to develop an understanding of the uses and implications of Science, how it has changed and shaped our lives and how vital it is to the world’s future prosperity. 

Scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each lesson, the children study and these topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at school. Our school uses the Collin’s Snap Science programme along with additional lessons from Ogden Trust lessons to support our progression. 

Science in our school allows pupils the opportunity to:

  • Progress knowledge leading to ‘big ideas’ in science
  • Develop an understanding through Working Scientifically
  • Gives them an active involvement of children in their own learning
  • Cultivate a spirit of enquiry in pupils with practical exploration and inspiring investigation activities.


In Reception children follow the educational programmes set out in the EYF Framework 2021. Children learn through exploring ‘The Natural World’ strand of the ‘Understanding the World’ area of learning, which is underpinned by Communication and Language. Children are immersed in experiences and activities through a mixture of play based and adult led tasks that ignite their interest for Science. They find out about animals and plants; observing what they see around them, explore similarities and differences between the natural world and contrasting environments, and look at seasonal changes and growth.