At Cathedral School, we follow the Edu Kent Scheme of work. This is a scheme of work which the majority of schools in Southwark also follow.

Within Science, there are two key elements that are taught. The first is scientific knowledge (the topic), and the second is working scientifically. Working scientifically is at the heart of all of our Science lessons.

There are five types of scientific enquiry which are taught throughout each half term. There are

  • Observing over time
  • Pattern seeking
  • Classification
  • Investigation
  • Research

Each class will focus on one of these key strands over the course of the year whilst studying their topic.

A recent Science Week focused on ‘change’, and at Cathedral School, we ensured that we celebrated Science, and demonstrated our Scientific Enquiry by investigating change within our classes. In addition, Cathedral School was visited by Professor Whizz-Kid. He had an extremely busy day, as he visited each year group, sharing his Scientific knowledge as he went. There was a lot of laughing and learning in his workshops from Nursery and Reception, all the way along the corridor up to Year 6!



A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.