At Birkdale Prep School, we acknowledge the importance of a strong scientific foundation in a young person’s education.

As a subject, science provides children with many key skills, such as logical thinking and problem solving, as well as helping them to understand the world we live in and beyond. In science lessons, we focus on developing children’s scientific ideas and enquiry skills, supporting their desire to learn more about the world around them.

Science is taught in a specialised laboratory to all students in Prep 1 – 4, and is delivered in half-termly topics. Our science scheme of work is based on the National Curriculum, but we regularly explore content and ideas well beyond Key Stage 2.

Due to the facilities at Birkdale Prep School, children have the opportunity to regularly carry out scientific investigations and explore and test many of the unique ideas they bring to lessons.


Prep 1 & 2 are taught science for one and a half hours per week.

Prep 3 & 4 are taught science for two hours per week. They receive regular homework (every two weeks in Prep 3 and weekly in Prep 4). Students are taught in groups of approximately 16.

Extra-curricular Opportunities in Science

  • Visits from external speakers to give workshops, talks and demonstrations
  • Opportunities to enter local and national STEM & Science competitions
  • Participation in the Quiz Club National Science Championships
  • Speaking to real-life scientists online as part of ‘I’m a Scientist: Get me out of here!
  • Science Club – running weekly for Prep 3 and 4 students.


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