The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in collaboration with the Primary Science Teaching Trust.

Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school. The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each awarded school is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure scientific understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”

Please click here to view our amazing portfolio of the excellent science curriculum that we offer.

We were delighted to be awarded the PSQM Gilt award for science teaching across our school.

Here is some of the amazing feedback that we received:

“Wow!, Smithdown Primary School and its community clearly values science.”       

“It is really inspirational to see how you have capitalised on all of the opportunities for CPD”

“Children clearly engage in different types of enquiry”

“You have an effective system in place to support teacher assessment”

“Children are clearly developing their science capital through broadening their view of what scientists look like”

“Effective links with science and other subjects e.g. maths, DT and English”

“The important thing is to never stop questioning” Albert Einstein.


Science teaches an understanding of natural phenomena. It aims to stimulate a child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do. At Smithdown Primary School, we follow the National Curriculum and we aim to develop a lively interest in science; encouraging children to ask “Why?” and “How?”  We strive to develop children’s curiosity through child led enquiry; developing a range of skills which will enable them to work scientifically in a range of ways.  Through this we hope to encourage a scientific approach to problem solving and an understanding of the world around them.

Smithdown Primary School Whole School Yearly Overview 2022-2023

Science in Y1 and Y2

Science in Y3 and Y4

Science in Y5 and Y6

We value the importance of developing inquisitive young minds by giving our children a range of experiences working scientifically. we endeavour to provide our pupils with a range of opportunities to work scientifically- starting in EYFS. Please click on the links below to see how we build on prior learning to ensure progression in working scientifically. .

Progression in working scientifically at Smithdown  

We are proud to be members of the Science Association; adapting and adopting key policies and documentation.  The following documents are useful to see how we further break down the progression in our science curriculum.

ASE PLAN documents – Working scientifically skills in years 1 and 2

ASE PLAN documents – Working scientifically skills in years 3 and 4

ASE PLAN documents – Working scientifically skills in years 5 and 6

In addition to this, we follow the ASE PLAN documents for progression in knowledge.

Please click here to see our knowledge progression from y1-y6

Below is just as small taste of the fantastic science that takes place at Smithdown.  For regular updates, be sure to check out our twitter page #smithdownsci

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