We recognise the importance that Science provides for today and our future, and we are always striving to maintain a high profile for the subject within our school.
As pupils learn Science, they also learn about its uses and significance to society and their own lives. This will highlight the significant contribution Science has made in the past. For example, by eradicating smallpox and discovering penicillin. But pupils will also learn about the continuing importance of Science in solving global challenges such as climate change, food availability, controlling disease and access to water.
Science education also provides the foundation for a range of diverse and valuable careers. We aim to inspire pupils to develop a life-long love of Science and raise their career aspirations within the STEM related industries.
The ‘Big Ideas’ or ‘golden threads’ for Science are:
- Key Scientists
- Working Scientifically
Within the disciplines of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, there are 2 key elements which underpin our Science Curriculum:
- Scientific Knowledge and Conceptual Understanding (which is referred to as substantive knowledge);
- Working Scientifically Skills (which is referred to as disciplinary knowledge).
In the documents attached you will find our Working Scientifically progression document. These skills are taught through and clearly relate to the teaching of the substantive Science knowledge. The work of key scientists, which reflect cultural and gender diversity are also researched across our Science curriculum.
Please find attached the knowledge progression for science which details the small steps that the children will be learning from EYFS to Year 6:
We have also outlined the vocabulary that children will need to know to access the science national curriculum: