We believe that a high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. All pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. By building up a body of key foundational knowledge, vocabulary and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation, and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Our science curriculum is underpinned by subject knowledge acquisition before applying this to an investigation. This allows our children to learn new vocabulary, processes, methods and ideologies which then inform purposeful and focused investigative practice. Our science curriculum is knowledge and vocabulary rich, ensuring children gain a deep understanding of fundamental scientific knowledge and concepts as well as embedding key science specific vocabulary and terminology (Tier 3 vocabulary). In addition, children are encouraged to develop their scientific curiosity and understanding by working scientifically.
We develop scientists by explicitly developing the knowledge, understanding and skills through our scientific enquiry within each year group. These are:
- observing changes over time
- noticing patterns
- grouping and classifying
- research using secondary sources
- comparative and fair tests
- communicating scientifically
Aims of the Science Curriculum
The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop 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
- Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future