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Science at Fairfield Primary

We believe that children are already to some extent ‘scientists’. They differ in the care with which they construct their hypotheses; the rigour with which they test their hypotheses; and the degree to which they articulate their ideas and understanding. Our school takes children’s ideas seriously and develops them, raising questions which appropriately challenge their experience and offer new ways of thinking.

Science at Fairfield has a strong focus on scientific enquiry which involves finding out the answers to questions, including the ones that the children have asked themselves! Children are encouraged to carry out their own investigations and projects to discover things for themselves. Science topics are introduced through our Learning Challenge Curriculum where children are encouraged to find the answers to thought provoking, open ended questions. They then set off on a learning journey which leads them through their topic in a meaningful, relevant and engaging way.


Some examples of our Learning Challenge questions are:

Reception – Twinkle, Twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are. (Space theme)

Year 1 – Can a tiger live in the North Pole? (Animal theme)

Year 3 – What bugs you? (Animals / habitats theme)

Year 4 – Which wild animals and plants thrive in Widnes? (Plants / animals theme)

Year 5 – Is there anybody out there? (Space theme)

Year 6 - What are the factors that influence the urban environment? (Geography, DT, Art theme) 


This link will take you to a collection of websites to support the learning of science. 


National Curriculum Programmes of Study


Year 6 Electricity workshop

Following our class assembly, Class 6SS worked with parents and carers to design and make security systems using electrical components.