The Science curriculum is a knowledge rich curriculum. It aims to equip pupils with the foundations for understanding the world through a scientific lens. Pupils will be taught units of work that cover and go beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum in the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
Pupils will encounter people who have made significant contributions to the field of science over time, understanding that science has been a quest for understanding for many years, and will continue to be so in the future. Pupils will build a body of key foundational science knowledge as they work through the curriculum, asking questions and developing a sense of curiosity about the world around us.
The curriculum will give pupils an introduction to fascinating content such as the inner workings of the human body, animals and the environments they live in, plants and their features, forces in nature, what lies beyond the visible and what lies beyond the planet we live on. Over time their knowledge will deepen moving from recognising and naming parts of the human body to understanding how our muscles work, how our blood moves around our body and how our nervous system helps us to interact with the world.
Pupils will be encouraged to use the knowledge they learn in Science and apply it to investigations that test a theory or set out to answer a question. Importantly, substantive scientific knowledge is taught first, before pupils are asked to undertake enquiry. This helps them to fully understand the elements of the enquiry first, and to make informed observations about the processes they see. Gathering information, recording data, graphing data and interpreting findings are all essential skills that pupils will apply to new contexts as they work through the curriculum. Enquiries include observing over time, pattern seeking, identifying, classifying and grouping, comparative and fair testing and researching using secondary sources. Scientific enquiries provide children with a wealth of opportunities, but first and foremost they will help to deepen understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science as a discipline and how it differs from other subjects they are studying. Pupils will gain an understanding of the purpose and uses of science both today and in the future.
Following the ‘Primary Knowledge Curriculum’ Science scheme of work, knowledge builds incrementally. Pupils have multiple opportunities to secure and build on their knowledge and understanding as subject content is revisited at points throughout the curriculum. This helps pupils to master the knowledge and concepts whilst building up an extended specialist vocabulary. This incremental approach helps teachers to identify knowledge gaps and look back at previous content if they need to close gaps in knowledge or understanding. Our curriculum enables pupils to understand the important role that science plays in the sustainability of life on earth. We want pupils following this curriculum to be equipped to go forth into their secondary education with curiosity, passion and a desire for recovery.
The curriculum is the progression model. If pupils are able to demonstrate they are able to know and remember more against our curriculum expectations they are making good progress and attaining expected standards.
During and/after lessons, pupils are assessed through informal assessment techniques: questioning, conferencing, reviewing written work against learning objective/success criteria, short retrieval activities.
At the end of units, pupils are assessed using Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS). TAPS is a focused assessment approach that embeds assessment within classroom primary science activities. Pupils will also carry out multiple choice questions, high quality conversations, use of knowledge organisers/quizzes and pieces of extended writing assessed against our unit expectations.
Beyond the Curriculum
- Annual Science Week
- Science workshops and assemblies
- Science trips
- Science in the World of Work – Career talks from parents with a scientific background
- STEM workshops - links with the wider community
- Eco Club - raising awareness of environmental issues and how they impact both our school and local community
- Forest School - nature focused activities
- Our Camping trip provides opportunities for biological studies
- Rights Respecting Ambassadors and MPs help to ensure that children's rights are embedded within our science curriculum
- Animal workshops linked to specific science units
- External scientific visitors and workshops - dentists, marine biologists, vets, ophthalmologists and various other careers within the science field.
Please find available for download the Science Primary National Curriculum and our Science Overview.