Science

Purpose of study 

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.

Aims

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. 

Scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding 

The programmes of study describe a sequence of knowledge and concepts. While it is important that pupils make progress, it is also vitally important that they develop secure understanding of each key block of knowledge and concepts in order to progress to the next stage. Insecure, superficial understanding will not allow genuine progression: pupils may struggle at key points of transition (such as between primary and secondary school), build up serious misconceptions, and/or have significant difficulties in understanding higher-order content. 

Pupils should be able to describe associated 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. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data. The social and economic implications of science are important but, generally, they are taught most appropriately within the wider school curriculum: teachers will wish to use different contexts to maximise their pupils’ engagement with and motivation to study science.

Click here to view the National Curriculum for Science

Science Displays 2018

Year 1 Paws, Claws and Whiskers

Year 1 have been studying lots of different animals, including humans, as part of their Science topic. The children have been classifying animals into groups such as mammals, fish, reptiles, birds and amphibians. They have also been looking at different food chains, habitats and adaptations of all sorts of wonderful creatures.  

Year 5 Stargazers 

Year 5 have been looking at the Earth, Moon and all the different planets as part of their topic Stargazers. They have looked at different ideas of how the Solar System was developed, researched different Planets within our Solar System and described the movements of the Earth, Moon and different Planets.   

Year 6 Electricity

In year 6 the children have been studying the topic electricity. As part of the topic the children have been learning about different types of circuits, how to draw circuit diagrams using the correct symbols and carrying out experiments looking at electrical current and resistance.