Science Intent

Science teaching at West Town Lane Academy aims to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.

At West Town Lane Academy, scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each project the children study and these projects are revisited and developed throughout their time at school. Projects, such as Plants, are taught in Key Stage One and studied again in further detail throughout Key Stage Two. This model allows children to build upon their prior knowledge and increases their enthusiasm for the projects whilst embedding this procedural knowledge into the long-term memory.

All children are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including observations, planning and investigations, as well as being encouraged to question the world around them and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their scientific based questions. Specialist scientific vocabulary is taught and built up, and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged. Concepts taught are reinforced by focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions.

Please see our subject progression maps below;

Nursery progression map

Reception progression map

Year 1 progression map

Year 2 progression map

Year 3 progression map

Year 4 progression map

Year 5 progression map

Year 6 progression map

If you are interested in exploring Scientific vocabulary with your children, please see the following resources on the STEM website.

Please see below a list of useful websites that you can use with your children at home;

We host a fantastic Science club held after school, run by Fizz Pop Science. It’s on hold at the moment due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but watch this space for news on when it will return.


The Nursery have been collecting sound. They started by making different sounds in the garden using sticks to tap different surfaces. They explored, discussed and recorded the sounds they made.


Reception have been exploring their senses. Have a look below!

Year 1

Year 1 have been investigating ‘What are you made of?’ as part of their Project.
Have a look at the pictures below.

Year 2

Year 2 investigating bending, twisting, stretching and squashing.

Year 3

Year 3 have been comparing and classifying rocks based on appearance. Take a look at the pictures below!

Year 6

Year 6 have been recreating the circulatory system and investigating the effect of exercise on heart rate.