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Science Curriculum


We believe that scientific principles are best taught using the pupil’s experiences and natural curiosity. We aim to deliver a high-quality science education which provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.  All pupils will 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.


In line with the National Curriculum (2014), we aim to ensure 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.



 Scientific Knowledge and Conceptual Understanding


The school is following the National Curriculum programmes of study and uses various schemes of work and resources in order to ensure that full coverage and best practise is adhered to.


Pupils should be able to describe scientific processes and key characteristics in common language, but they should also be familiar with, and use, technical terminology accurately and precisely. They should build up an extended specialist vocabulary.  Children will be given opportunities of cross -curricular science, especially in ICT, Mathematics, DT and Literacy.


Working Scientifically

Children will be given ample opportunities to work scientifically which  develops the understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science for each year group. Children will focus on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that they  learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions. These types of scientific enquiry will include: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources. Pupils should seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data.


Spoken language

The national curriculum for science reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum – cognitively, socially and linguistically. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are key factors in developing their scientific vocabulary and articulating scientific concepts clearly and precisely. 


Curriculum Content

Click on a link below to find out the curriculum content for each year group

Class Pages

You can find out exactly when a particular topic is being taught during the year by clicking on individual class pages .