Science Curriculum Statement

We aim to provide 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. We will teach all children the essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, children will be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They will be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Children will describe processes and key characteristics in common language, but they will also be taught to use technical vocabulary accurately and precisely. They will articulate scientific concepts clearly and concisely. They will be assisted in making their thinking clear, both to themselves and others. Teachers will ensure that children build secure foundations by using discussion to probe and address their misconceptions.

Children will be taught to work scientifically. They will focus on the key features of scientific enquiry so that they learn to use a variety of approaches to answer scientific questions.

Science Subject Plan

Science Progression Map

Year 5

In science we investgiated water resistance. First we thought about what makes an object float or sink. Is it the material it is made out of or the shape? Then we used plasticine to investigate what the best shape would be if we wanted to make it float. We realised that a flat pancake shape is the best. This means the larger surface area a shape has, the better it will float.