Science Curriculum Overview

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.

At The John Moore Primary School, wherever possible, Science links to topic work or other areas of the curriculum. Teachers have the professional flexibility to plan from a variety of resources, including Hamilton Trust and the QCA units etc, to ensure that the 2014 NC objectives are met and to maximise the learning experience for their class.  Our Long Term Plans, demonstrate how we have organised the Programmes of Study across the year groups.

Our organisation of children when teaching Science depends on a wide variety of factors including the lesson objective, situation, differentiation or matching and additional adults in the room etc. Best practice, encouraging high standards in teaching and learning, is explained in our Teaching and Learning Policy and is also advised by government guidelines within the NC document as well as ASE H&S guidance.

All science teaching will involve plenty of “hands on”: finding out from first hand experience and testing hypotheses, in line with “working scientifically” from the NC document.

Full scientific enquiry, involving the concept of fair testing, will occur in each unit of work where appropriate. There will be many other lessons where aspects of investigations are reinforced. As the children progress through the school a greater emphasis is placed on investigative work. Scientific ideas should be developed through practical investigation wherever possible.

Investigations will always be followed by thorough reinforcement of the knowledge and understanding gained from the experience. Children will be given the opportunity to devise and implement their own investigations from Y2 – Y6.

Science Curriculum Map

Click here to find out what pupils will be learning about in Science in each year group.