Our Science Curriculum is founded on the National Curriculum programme of study and is coherently planned and sequenced to build on students' prior knowledge and skills as they progress through primary school. The principal focus of science teaching for each phase as identified in the National Curriculum are as follows:
- Early Years: to enable pupils to explore the natural world around them and compare this to contrasting environments.
- Key Stage 1: to enable pupils to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly constructed world around them.
- Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4): to enable pupils to broaden their scientific view of the world around them.
- Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6): to enable pupils to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas.
Our aim is that students learn to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. Students learn how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. They are encouraged to be inquisitive, ask questions and conduct investigations to help them develop a deeper understanding of the world around them.
Students also learn what it means to ‘Work Scientifically:’ they learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions such as: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources.
For further information about the content of our Science curriculum in each Year Group, please see the whole school Long Term Plan and year group documents below.
Science Long Term Plan