What is the purpose of Science 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 of the National Curriculum


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.


Science in School


The science curriculum is divided into four areas – Working scientifically, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The individual disciplines are broken down further:

  • Biology - plants, animal and humans, all living things, evolution and inheritance
  • Chemistry - materials, including rocks and fossils and states of matter
  • Physics - movement, forces and magnets; earth's movement in space; light and seeing; sound and hearing; electrical circuits.

Working scientifically is at the centre of science learning. We encourage questioning and scientific curiosity, allowing opportunities for the children to investigate on an increasingly independent level. They are encouraged to hypothesise, to test ideas and to develop strategies to test their results, recording in a variety of ways including written reports, charts and diagrams. They apply their mathematical knowledge by collecting, presenting and analysing data.


Helpful Websites to Support Science learning


Reception – Y2




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