Curriculum Vision and Science
All of the elements of our curriculum intent statement underpin our teaching of Science However, Science provides particular opportunities for teaching the following aspects of our intent statement.
Strand 1a) i) having a strongly agreed consensus of the knowledge and skills our pupils need in order to take advantage of opportunities later in later life and a through this powerfully address social disadvantage.
Strand 1a) vi) ensuring our curriculum meets the specific needs of our community, particularly widening vocabulary and broadening children’s experiences and horizons through systematically extending their knowledge of the wider world.
Strand 1c) i) equipping our pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement
Strand 2b i) ensuring all pupils have curriculum opportunities to look beyond themselves, ask ‘big questions’ and think globally about life
Strand 2b) ii) developing an understanding of disadvantage, deprivation and the exploitation of the natural world.
Purpose and Aims of Science
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, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. 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.
Organisation of Teaching
The Science curriculum is carefully and coherently sequenced to enable our children to develop a growing knowledge of the themes outlined above. Pupils’ knowledge builds towards clearly defined end points so everyone knows what we expect our pupils to achieve by the end of each topic, each year and each key stage. To meet the educational needs of our school community we have selected the following core knowledge concepts as a focus for our teaching. These are explored in increasing depth as pupils move through the school.
In KS1 pupils should develop fundamental scientific skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their basic understanding of the world through scientific exploration. They should be able to engage in both practical and theoretical science. Pupils should be taught to:
Seasonal changes and plants.
Habitats, human biology and animals including humans.
KS2 pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills and knowledge, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them with previously taught knowledge. They should enjoy further exploration in more scientific concepts. They should develop an understanding of how different science can impact the world. Pupils should be taught to:
Forces, light, sound, electricity and space.
Rocks, states of matter and materials.
Animals including humans, plants, habitats, human biology and evolution.
In Reception class Science is taught as part of the world area of learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Further details of how the Early Years curriculum is organised can be found on our Early Years policy.
In Years 1 to 6 Science is taught as a discrete subject, though meaningful links are made with other subjects in our curriculum, each knowledge organiser shows where there are links to the English through a related text. The topics we teach are outlined in the curriculum map for Science.
Click below to view our Science Curriculum Map:
Click below to view our Science Progression Map: