The Science curriculum at Highfield St Matthew’s intends to inspire children, encouraging them to be inquisitive about the world. It nurtures their innate  curiosity and enables them to develop a range of skills, vocabulary and knowledge that are useful across their learning and in modern society. We want to equip children with knowledge to ask questions and develop the skills they need to answer those questions. 

Investigation is at the heart of our work in science. We always encourage the children to explore and find things out for themselves.

We have a lot of super scientists in our school! Please enjoy the photographs below from a mixture of events that the children have been lucky enough to experience such as, British Science Week, science workshops, a visit from Quantum Theatre, Crazy Critters (the children were very brave!), Farm to Fork, Science Club and a range of exciting practical investigations! 


We absolutely loved the visit from the farm, we had the opportunity to meet and learn about a variety of animals such a miniature horse, pigs, ferrets, chickens, tortoises, goats and many more! 

Our long term plan for Science is designed to extend children's knowledge, skills and vocabulary as they move through the school.

At Highfield St Matthews, we build upon each child's learning as they move through the school. Below is a road map which shows how learning progresses though school. 


Year 6 Science

As part of our current topic 'All living things and their Habitats', we are conducting an experiment. We have 2 slices of bread, one has been handled by everyone in the class and the other is clean. We are seeing which one will start to mould quicker. Which do you think? Check back to see our results.


Year 1 

Our Bodies and their Senses

Science unlocking task! The children have been hooked into our new science topic all about our bodies and our senses! They have shown great knowledge by matching the labels on the body picture and adding their own.

Year 2 

Year 2 have been learning about 'Living Things and their Habitats'. Here is a Knowledge Organiser to support the children's vocabulary and recall of facts.

They have been busy outside on a mini beast hunt, looking for different insects. They had great fun looking under logs, stones and in the long grass within the school grounds.  They have collected data and recorded it on a pictogram!

Year 3

Year 3 have been learning about 'Forces and Magnets'. Here is a Knowledge Organiser to support the children's vocabulary and recall of facts.


On the 6th March, some of our Year 3 children took part in a science quiz and a practical investigation alongside a number of other schools. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience, especially dissecting a real owl pellet! 


Unlocking Science in Year 3 for 'Animals, Including Humans'

Year 4

We have been learning about States of Matter, exploring the properties of solids, liquids and gases. Predictions were made about how heavy a fizzy drink would be when fizzy and when flat. Have a look at the photos below... Can you see the gas?We learned that the carbon dioxide gas (which makes drinks fizzy) has mass, so when it is removed, the drink is lighter. It took a lot of shaking to do this!

Year 5

The children have been learning about reversible and irreversible changes as part of their topic 'Properties and changes of Materials'. They mixed vinegar and bicarbonate of soda together and  watched a chemical reaction occur. They used a balloon to capture the Carbon Dioxide, a gas, which cannot be seen by eye. 

Eco Council

Mrs Saunders and Miss Mitchell would like to announce the school eco-council

Y1M: Lucas P, Charlie L                                 Y1C: Riley S, Alice B

Y2S: Bella M, Finn O'G                                 Y2B: Scarlett G, Jack M
Y3S-Olivia T                                                 Y3K- Trent D 
Y4T/B- Annabelle R                                      Y4H-Mia B
Y4C-Ffion B                                                  Y5M-Charlie C 
                  Y5B- Joel D                                                                                 Y5H- Eva M
                  Y6E-Noah A                                                  Y6S- Evie H

Miss Mitchell and Mrs Saunders had the pleasure of taking four of our new 'Eco-Champions to the Wigan Eco-School Conference.  We had a insightful experience and gathered many new ideas to become more eco-friendly in our school.  

We chose to walk to the conference to reduce air pollution and promote well-being.  On our return, the eco-champions decided to pick up litter to clean up our environment!  We have decided that every small decision makes a contribution to our world.  REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE!

Anabelle: "It was a fun day.  I care about clean air."

Noah: "I really enjoyed it today because I really felt like I was doing something to help the environment."

Charlie: "The presentations helped me to think about how to reduce plastic waste."

Olivia: "Walking to school isn't just fun, it helps the environment to reduce air pollution."


Our eco- warriors met after school to discuss lots of brilliant ideas to make our school more eco- friendly. Today, we have been busy designing badges for our eco-warriors to wear around school. We had a vote to choose our favourite badge which will be printed and worn so that children and adults know who our warriors are. 


We are very proud of our winner of the 'No Idling' competition.

Alice Y1.

Alice's poster will be part of a campaign across Wigan schools to help to improve our environment and prevent air pollution.


Below is our Science Curriculum Policy