“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. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to 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.”
Primary National Curriculum for Science 2014
At Lindfield Primary Academy, we want to prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific world. We want our children to foster concern and care for our environment and help them develop a growing understanding of scientific ideas. We aim to achieve this through our exciting curriculum map, which promotes a cross curricular and creative approach to learning. Our topics, such as “Skull and Crossbones” “Out and About with the Jolly Postman” and “Aiming High” encourage children to make links with other subjects such as English, Mathematics, Computing and Geography. Our academy follows the programmes of study from 2014 National Curriculum that specifies what to teach in each year group.
Our aims for our Science curriculum are:
- To promote children’s curiosity about the world around them and to enable them to answer scientific questions about their world.
- To encourage children to ask and answer questions and to solve problems so they can begin to understand the uses and implications of science today, and for the future.
- To develop scientific knowledge and understanding through the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
- To develop the skills of investigation, including observing, measuring, predicting, explaining, communicating and evaluating.
- To develop the use of Computing in investigating and recording.
- To develop the use of scientific language, and enrich their vocabulary to support their understanding of the world around them.
Science is a core subject in the National Curriculum. The programmes of study for each year group describe a sequence of knowledge and concepts. Children need to develop secure understanding of the knowledge and concepts in order to progress to the next stage. ‘Working Scientifically’ specifies the understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science for each year group. Children in the Foundation Stage are taught the science elements of the Foundation Stage document through the Early Years Curriculum: Understanding the World.