“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.” – Carl Sagan

At Abingdon Primary School and Children’s Centre, we are committed to the delivery of an ambitious science curriculum which will sequentially build children’s conceptual understanding, knowledge and specialist vocabulary through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. By consistently building on children’s prior knowledge and experiences, children will know more and remember more, reinforcing and further-developing their understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science and working scientifically. This will enable children to answer scientific questions about the world around them, to recognise the power of rational explanation and make meaningful connections in the wider-curriculum, igniting a life-long curiosity about natural phenomena and the world around them. Through our diverse curriculum and with the support of assets within our community, we will ensure that children are equipped to understand how major scientific ideas have contributed to change and the uses and implications of this learning in the ever-changing landscape of the 21st Century world while introducing them to a range of diverse, relevant and inspirational scientists, representing our school community.

Science Long Term Map

We are particularly keen to expose our children to a range of inspirational, diverse scientists and have mapped these in relation to the knowledge and scientific enquiry within each subject.

Abingdon’s Extraordinary Scientists

Mae JemisonNASA astronaut, first black woman in space (1992)
David AttenboroughWildlife filmmaker and naturalist, studying animals and their behaviour.
Liz BonninScience, natural history and environmental broadcaster (Countryfile/Autumn Watch). Wild Animal Biologist.
Steve BackshallBio scientist, naturalist and explorer. Presenter of Deadly 60.
Alexander von HumboltBotanist and adventurer who became interested in growing and collecting in his youth.
Zheng JiWorld’s oldest professor (lived to 110 years) and founder of modern nutrition science in China.
Linda Brown BuckDiscovered how the sense of smell works
Gabriel FahrenheitInvented the thermometer
Charles MacintoshInvented waterproof fabric
Christopher PackhamZoologist, wildlife conservationist and broadcaster (Spring Watch/Really Wild show)
Jeanne BaretFamous botanist, became the first woman to circumnavigate the world disguised as a man, discovered over 6,000 plant species.
Florence NightingaleHealth pioneer for sanitary reforms.
Leo BaekelandInvented first plastic ‘Bakelite’ in 1907.
George Washington CarverAgricultural/ botanist- researched farming techniques, crops and soil to discover a technique to keep farmers’ soil full of nutrients and improve poor southern farmers’ diets and crops.
Jane GoodallChimpanzee expert through observation, compared their behaviours to humans
Joseph BanksBotanist with James Cook, discovered/documented many plants in Australia
Rachel CarsonStudied ocean habitats and the effects of pollution.
Mary AnningDiscovered first complete specimen of a plesiosaur, deduced the diet of dinosaurs.
Mary Maynard DalyDiscovered impact of food and diet on health of heart and circulatory system.
William GilbertInvestigated the phenomenon of magnetism systematically using scientific methods and discovered that the Earth is a weak magnet.
Tim SmitFounder of Eden Project, two biomes creating eco-climates to grow rainforest and Mediterranean plants in UK
Ibn Al-ShatirInvented horizontal sundial to find the time for prayers.
Estella AtekwanaWas told girls shouldn’t study geology, went on to research
Tom LalampaaModern Kenyan conservationist
Fredrick McKayInvented fluoride toothpaste
Frederick M JonesDeveloped refrigeration systems for long-haul vehicles and ships
William KamkwambaBuilt a wind turbine from recycled parts to serve community in Mawali aged 14, invented solar powered water pump
James WestAcoustician and co-inventor of the foil electret microphone used in most telephones, hearing aids etc.
Isaac NewtonDiscovered gravity
Neil DeGrasse TysonPluto debate, Director of Hayden Planetarium
Stephanie KwolekCreated a lightweight plastic 5x stronger than steel (Kevlar) used in police uniforms to make bulletproof etc
Alessandro VoltaInvented first electronic circuit and battery
Jacqueline Dunkley-BentHead of maternity, children and young people for NHS. Midwife famous for pioneering work to improve care for critically ill new-borns.
Janaki AmmalPlant reproduction, developed sweetness in sugarcane
Nikola TeslaModern Alternating Current (AC) electricity system
Edme Hippolyte Marie-DavyDeveloped first naval periscope
Charles Richard DrewResearcher in blood transfusions, developed blood banks WW2
Charles DarwinNatural selection/ Theory of evolution
Carolus LinnaeusInventor of modern scientific classification in the animal kingdom
Robert BoyleLargely regarded as first modern chemist.

Please follow the link to the National Curriculm programme of study which we follow. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study

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