A high-quality science education helps children to understand the world around them, using knowledge and ideas from biology, chemistry and physics. We help all of our pupils to build up a body of key scientific knowledge and concepts; we encourage them to recognise the power of thinking scientifically and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about the natural world. We teach them to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse why things happen.
We follow the National Curriculum for Science, which aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
- Develop an 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.
The Science Curriculum
In KS1, children focus on the world around them. They are encouraged to be curious through asking questions about what they can see and using different types of scientific enquiries to discover things. We teach children to use simple scientific language and to discuss what they have found out with their classmates. In KS1, most of the learning about science is done through practical activities, with some written work.
In LKS2, children deepen their view of the world around them through exploring, discussions, testing and developing ideas about everyday things and the relationships between them. They discuss what they are observing with their peers and make decisions about which type of scientific enquiry is the most appropriate. By this stage, pupils are beginning to draw simple conclusions and use some scientific language – first to talk about and then to write about what they have found out.
In UKS2, children increase their understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. They do this through exploring and talking about their ideas, asking their own questions and analysing functions, relationships and interactions more systematically. They are exposed to more abstract ideas which help them to understand and predict how the world operates. They should select the most appropriate ways to answer science questions, using different types of scientific enquiry. Children draw conclusions based on their data and observations, use evidence to justify their ideas and use their scientific knowledge and understanding to explain their findings.