Alresford Primary School

Headteacher: Sarah Dukelow

Ford Lane, Colchester, Essex CO7 8AU

01206 822731


Meet our Science co-ordinator, Miss Lilley.


Science at Alresford Primary

At Alresford Primary School we understand the need for all pupils to develop their scientific ability with links to other subjects and as a subject in its own right.  A high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world.  It involves studying the natural and physical world, leading to the drawing of conclusions.  It is important to build on the curiosity, awe and wonder children have and to encourage them to embrace this. Teachers should provide children with opportunities to develop their existing understanding through a range of experiences, such as practical experiments and investigations, in order to open their minds to the world around them.


Below is an overview of the science curriculum that is taught from Year 1 to Year 6. 

Within each unit of science that is studied, children will conduct an experiment or investigaiton in order to allow them to work on the scientific enquiry skills. They will also have the chance to undertake some research of their own in order to learn more about their topic. They might be given a key 'big question' to answer or they may be able to devise their own questions that they would like to find the answer to. 

Experiments and Investigations

There are five main types of investigation that all children will have the opportunity to take part in throughout each academic year. These are pattern seeking, compartive tests, fair tests, observing changes over time and identifying and classifying. The children's knowledge and understanding of the investigations will increase as they move through the school in the hope that the children will be able to conduct their own investigations by the time they reach Year 6. 

Alresford's Science Policy

Below is a copy of our science policy. 

Science Club

We currently run a Science Club with our Year 3 and 4 children. Supported by students from the local University, the children are able to take part in various investigations to spark their curiosity and inspire any budding scientists. The university students carefully plan a series of experiments that will encourage the children to ask questions and deepen their scientific understanding. Many of these experiments can be replicated at home if the children wish to investigate further.