(Taken from the National Curriculum in England 2014.)

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. 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 occuring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes.

The National Curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

-develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding.

-develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries.

-are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science for today and in the future.

Programmes of study.

The programmes of study for science are set out year by year for Key Stages 1 and 2. Schools are however, only required to teach the relevant programmes of study by the end of each Key Stage.

Attainment targets.

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of Study.

Key Stage 1

During Years 1 and 2, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills:

-asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways.

Working scientifically

-observing closely using simple equipment.

-performing simple tests.

-identifying and classifying.

-using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.

-gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.

Living things and their habitiats, Plants, animals inc humans, everyday materials, seasonal changes

Lower Key Stage 2

The above plus rocks, light, forces and magnets, states of matter, sound and electricity.

Upper Key Stage 2

The above plus, earth and space,forces, evolution and inheritance.

In order to see the specific Science themes for each Key Stage, please refer to class pages.