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. 


We are proud of our science curriculum at The Dales Federation. Every science topic is planned with a strong focus on the knowledge and skills of scientific enquiry through an investigative and exploratory approach that makes learning memorable.   


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. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. 


In EYFS, science is predominately planned within the development matters banding under the title of ‘Understand the World’.

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Take a LOOK at our science curriculum in action....

Mummifying Tomatoes 

Pankhurst Class have been diving into the world of Ancient Egypt and observing the effects seen on tomatoes when 'Mummified'.  They observed what happened over a period of time - checking in each week to see what was happening and document the changes. 



Little Einsteins hard at work experimenting with potions - predicting what will happen when the vinegar is added and observing how the colours change.  Brilliant work Little Einsteins! 

Donaldson class have been investigating how solids can change to liquids and liquids can change back to solids. We used to jelly to help us understand how this process happens.  We were fascinated by the texture of jelly and how it can be melted to turned into a liquid just by adding hot water.  We looked at different types of jelly including cubes, powder and crystals but we found that all jelly went from a solid to liquid and then back to a solid.  It was very yummy when we were able to taste test it too!  

During continuous provision the children have been investigating how they can move their boats down the pipes without touching them.  They requested help in creating their paper boat and then completed investigations between themselves to find out how they could speed up the movement as they sailed down the pipe! Ingenious!  

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In Peake class we’ve learnt to describe the physical properties of different materials, performing simple scientific experiments to test which material is most suitable for a raincoat. We thought carefully about the properties of each of the materials we tested and observed and described what happened to each material once submerged in the water.