Here at Cumnor, we enjoy our Science very much. We start by exploring the world around us and asking questions in the Foundation Stage as part of our “Knowledge and understanding of the world” strand of the Foundation Stage curriculum. From Year 1 to Year 6 we follow the National Curriculum studying all the areas of science: life and living processes, materials and physical processes. This includes everything from knowing what a seed needs in order to germinate right up to making healthy life choices or understanding the forces involved when a car grips the road.

We need to learn how to carry out experiments too and we believe that science skills are the most fun to learn and we have a very hands-on style of teaching. Science lessons take place every week in every class and are mostly active and practical, lasting at least an hour. They often include aspects of maths and English so we can practise our core skills in a real context, presenting our results in graphs and reports.

At Cumnor School, we have a specialist science teacher, Jules Pottle. Mrs Pottle has developed and refined her teaching of science over many years, and does a fabulous job of combining the key scientific skills and concepts that primary children need to understand in an exciting and motivating way. Her lessons are stimulating, practical and memorable, ensuring the children not only understand their work but enjoy it and remember it. Jules teaches science in most of our Key Stage 2 classes and works closely with the Key Stage 1 team to ensure that science is strength across the school. Mrs Pottle has written many articles on science teaching and is now in the process of writing her third book to be published next year.

The fantastic work that Jules does for us, and teachers around the country, was recognised earlier last month when Mrs Pottle won the highly prestigious Primary Science Teaching Trust’s PRIMARY SCIENCE TEACHER OF THE YEAR award.  The panel had scrutinised our application form, interviewed colleagues at school, looked at Jules’ work and watched her teach, before concluding that she really was as brilliant as we said she was. We are all very proud of Mrs Pottle not only in having the pleasure of working with her, but also through knowing that the children who come to our school are assured of the best science teaching in the country!