Science at Randwick


“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
― Jane Goodall

At Randwick, children are naturally curious, making new discoveries by interacting with each other and the world around them. Our science curriculum nurtures this experiential learning through hands-on lessons that are investigative in nature. Children are taught the scientific principles which underpin the topic that they are studying; giving them a solid understanding on which to base their investigations.


Science topics are taught as part of a two year rolling program and the children’s skills are further strengthened through Working Scientifically. Explicit teaching of these skills allows children to make connections between the science topics they have covered and explore science beyond the scope of the National Curriculum.  

We feel that it is important to build the children’s science capital to inspire a love of science. During investigations, children explore concepts which are connected to their lives. The aim being, for the children to feel at home with science and to see it as something that is useful and important, both in life and for society.



School trips to science centres and visits from scientists are experiences which further nurture our children’s science capital. Meeting scientists and talking to them about their work influences how the children view science and help them to feel more connected with the science which surrounds them.

In EYFS, children explore the natural world around them, making observations and drawing pictures of animals and plants; know some similarities and differences between the natural world around them and contrasting environments, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class; understand some important processes and changes in the natural world around them, including the seasons and changing states of matter. The children will also explore and understand the importance of healthy food choices.


How to Help with Science at Home

  • Engage your child with simple hands on activities to foster a love of science
  • Explore nature together - gardening, bug hunting and bird watching are all excellent and simple activities to support the curriculum
  • Ask open-ended questions to nurture curiosity e.g. I wonder why.....
  • Encourage children to discuss and explain their ideas - be patient and kind

Helpful resources can be found at these websites:

National curriculum in England: science programmes of study - GOV.UK (

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