As a core subject, science is given a high priority. It is recognised as an active, practical subject and children are encouraged to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding through first-hand experience where ever possible. In Reception and Key Stage 1, science is generally integrated into a topic approach, whereas in Key Stage 2, science is approached through separate science themes. In upper Key Stage 2, Science is taught by a specialist teacher. The science curriculum covers the following areas: scientific enquiry, life processes and living things, materials and their properties, physical processes.