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 skills required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
At Barkston and Syston CE Primary School, we encourage children to be inquisitive and use their natural curiosity to find out more about the world around them and its scientific processes. Our science curriculum fosters a curiosity in children about our universe and promotes respect for both the living and non-living. Throughout our programmes of study, children will acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group. Key skills are also mapped for each year group and are progressive throughout the school, providing plenty of opportunities for children to recall – and use – their prior learning.
The curriculum is designed to ensure that children are able to acquire key scientific knowledge through practical experiences wherever possible, including using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining key concepts and ideas. Cross curricular opportunities are identified where possible and are planned to ensure contextual relevance.