Oak Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO32 1EP




Bishop's Waltham Junior School

Enjoy, Learn & Achieve Together

At Bishop’s Waltham Junior School the health, safety and well-being of every child is our top priority.


At Bishop's Waltham Junior School, our aim is to foster pupil’s enthusiasm and enjoyment in science and to help them to develop their curiosity for the world around them. Where possible, links are made to other subjects and topic areas, encouraging the children to apply their knowledge and to develop their thinking and problem solving skills in real life contexts. Through learning how to tackle problems using shared ideas and thinking skills and by providing opportunities for dialogue to evolve, higher order thinking skills can then develop.

Primary Science Quality Mark

I am pleased to share with you that Bishop’s Waltham Junior School has been awarded the Silver Primary Science Quality Mark.


The Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) is an award scheme designed to enable primary schools across the UK to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their science teaching, learning and provision. Supported by high-quality training and mentoring led by experts across the country, schools can achieve a bronze, silver or gold Primary Science Quality Mark award through a year-long process of audit, action and reflection.

PSQM is recognised by Ofsted and is viewed as an effective mechanism to help raise the profile of science in primary schools, improve teachers’ confidence and ability to teach science and have a positive impact on pupils’ performance, their engagement and enjoyment.


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 science understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”


I would like to thank all pupils and staff for their hard work in achieving this award and a special mention for Mrs. Arnold for her hard work in putting the submission together and for leading science very enthusiastically across the school.

Our Curriculum Overview      

Year Three

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Rocks and Soils

comparing rocks, simply describing how fossils are formed and that soils are made from rocks


Forces and Magnets

Compare how things move on different surfaces and forces between objects / magnets



Parts of the plant, requirements for life and growth and life cycle of flowering plant (studied over a period of time)


Skeletons and Nutrition

Animals including humans: muscles, skeleton and nutrition


Need light to see things, reflection, shadows


Longitudinal Study: Plants


Year Four

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


How sounds are made, how they travel, changes in sounds (pitch and volume)


States of Matter

Compare matter, observe changes when heated or cooled, evaporation and condensation



Simple circuits, completes circuits, switches, conductors and insulators


Digestive System

Including the types and functions of teeth and food chains

Living Things

Grouping & classifying, naming living things in local environment, changes


Longitudinal Study: Minibeasts


Year Five

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


Gravity, resistance and mechanisms


Properties of Materials

Comparing, dissolving, separating, changes - reversible and irreversible

Changing state


Life Cycle of Plants and Animals

Differences in life cycles, reproduction in plants and animals

Earth in Space

Movement of Earth and other planets, movement of the moon, day and night


Longitudinal Study: Butterflies


Year Six

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


Changing components- compare and give reasons, diagrams

Changing circuits


The Circulatory System

Circulatory system, impact of diet, exercise and lifestyle


How we see things and why- light travels in straight lines and how this explains why shadows are same shape as object,

Evolution & Inheritance

Lliving things change over time, variation in offspring, things adapt to suit environment.



Longitudinal Study: Trees



The National Curriculum for Science

National Curriculum - Science Year 3 & 4 Programmes of Study Year 5 & 6 Programmes of Study