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Ridgeway Infant School

Together we can…Think Big, Have Fun, Learn More!


Ridgeway Infant School, Uplands Avenue, Littleover, Derby DE23 1GG

01332 760770



'Encouraging our children to be confident and independent Scientists!'

Science Leader: Mrs S Nawaz

If you would like to find out more about our Science curriculum, please contact Mrs S Nawaz at


At Ridgeway, we present Science as an exciting way of investigating and exploring the world around us. Children put on their lab coats and goggles to transform into real scientists. 

All children learn about a wide range of topics and will develop their scientific enquiry skills through elements of the curriculum in KS1 such as living things and their habitats, animals including humans, plants, everyday materials and their uses and seasonal changes. In Reception, they develop these skills in the area of learning called ‘Understanding the World’.

We aim to develop children’s scientific skills through first hand practical experiences from their very first term in Reception. Children will take part in meaningful, fun investigations through which their ability to observe, predict, hypothesise, communicate and record will be developed. We also hope to foster responsible attitudes towards our environment and all living things.


National Science Week

To celebrate National Science Week in March 2020, we delivered two exciting, practical days dedicated to developing children as Scientists. On Monday 9th March, children met up with their team (mixed year groups) and started to learn about a famous Scientist. These included famous icons such as Marie Curie, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein.

On Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th March, the real fun happened! After a whole school assembly, children were reunited in their scientist teams and spent around 30minutes in each classroom (over the two days) and completed an activity or experiment. Some of the activities/experiments included:

  • Making slime
  • Making your own volcano
  • Using and programming beebots
  • Testing materials to make an Astro-nappy for astronauts

At the end of the week, teachers chose a member of their team to be awarded the 'Super Scientist' medal. This was given for their  enthusiasm, science knowledge or teamwork amongst many other things that they demonstrated over the two days. Well done to the following children:

Archie [1], Jim [2], Rajjan [3], Cory [4], Bella [5], Oskar [6], Finn [7], Billy [8] and Amber [9]