Benedict Biscop Prince Bishop School Teaching Alliance Leading School
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Our Science Vision:
High quality science education that inspires pupils to, and prepares them for, work in scientific industries. Synthesised knowledge that enables children to think critically about the world around them and solve problems that are yet to be discovered.

What does it mean to be a scientist? What do scientists do?

Why is it important to know what it means to be a scientist?

Research from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that, by the age of seven, children have already begun making assumptions about what type of people will enter different types of work and what sort of careers may be possible for them. Indeed, the report finds that commonly ‘young people consider only the jobs that are already familiar to them, from friends and family.’

’The effects of this are long-lasting as the research found ‘minimal changes’ in the career attitudes between the ages of 7 and 17.

Hart Primary School take their responsibility to careers education seriously and are guided by the OECD’s statement of

“You can’t be what you can’t see.”

Local Labour Market Information

SectorHartlepool (%)National (%)
Manufacturing (including engineering solutions)12.18.1
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply2.80.5
Water supply; sewerage,  waste management and remediation activities1.60.7

How do we support this work?

The opportunities we give our pupils to raise awareness of different careers and prepare them for the world of work, including in scientific industries, can be found in our Careers Protocol

Our Careers Protocol can be accessed here

Who have we been talking to?

The Hart Primary Science Curriculum

At the heart of the Hart Primary Science curriculum is the substantive and disciplinary knowledge that children need to prepare them for success in their education journey and to prepare them for work in scientific industries.

Substantive science knowledge is the core learning from the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

Disciplinary science knowledge is the understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them. This also includes the application of mathematical knowledge to collect, present and analyse data. Success in this strand enables pupils to work scientifically and appreciate the contribution and development of scientific knowledge over time (threaded through our Disciplinary Knowledge Strand Progression – see below)

Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and makes use of the Science Capital Teaching Approach from UCL and Kings College research (Godec, S., King, H. & Archer, L. (2017) The Science Capital Teaching Approach: engaging students with science, promoting social justice. London: University College London).

Our Science Principles

1. Personalising and Localising

Our Science curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and is personalised to the needs of our pupils and their local context. We have strong links with local industry and hear from guest speakers (at local, national and international level) from a range of scientific disciplines.

2. Eliciting, Valuing and Linking

Children are given lots of opportunities to explore and ask questions. Curiosity is highly valued. We encourage children to make links between their knowledge and with the wider world of science. Children know where their studies can take them.

3. Pupil Leadership and Careers (Building the Science Capital Dimensions)

Pupils have the opportunity to lead on areas of Science through our Junior Leadership Team and Lab Technicians groups. These groups make a valuable contribution to Science at whole-school level. Our Careers Protocol supports understanding and engagement with the work of scientists.

Key Documents

Ogden Trust Partnership School

Hart Primary School is a member of the Hartlepool Ogden Trust Science Partnership.

Links with industry have enabled our pupils to experience a mobile planetarium, STEM Chats and educational visits to local industry.

PD Ports

Reading in Science

Our Y5/6 Reading Passports include the following texts:

Useful Links for parents

Oak Academy –

Stemettes (Girls in Science) –

BBC Bitesize Science –

Science Boot Camp for Upper Key Stage 2

Science Museum –

Science Experiments you can try at home – British Space Agency –

Any clubs, websites, agencies and organisations listed on this webpage outside of Hart Primary School are independent of the school.

Our Values and Ethos

We have a set of school values that were devised in conjunction with our Governors, pupils, parents and staff

Friendship & Trust

Always our Best



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