Science Teacher with class

Curriculum Intent for Science

At Beckley CE Primary School, in conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our Science teaching offers opportunities for children to:

  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics;
  • Develop an 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;
  • Become successful learners with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future;
  • Develop the essential scientific enquiry skills to deepen their scientific knowledge;
  • As confident individuals, use a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including ICT, diagrams, graphs and charts;
  • Develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle with regard to their own, and other children’s safety;
  • Develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and
  • Develop a natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence.

We encourage children to be inquisitive throughout their time at the school and beyond. The Science curriculum supports pupils to become caring citizens, developing a healthy curiosity about our universe and promoting respect for the living and non-living. We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive Throughout the programmes of study, the children will acquire and develop the key knowledge that identified within each unit and across each year group. The key knowledge is informed by the national curriculum and builds towards identified phase ‘end points’ in accordance with NC expectations.

Key skills are mapped for each year group and are progressive throughout the school. These too ensure systematic progression to identified skills end points which are in accordance with the Working Scientifically skills expectations of the national curriculum.

The curriculum is designed to ensure that children are able to acquire key scientific knowledge through practical experiences; using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently. The school’s approach to science takes account of the school’s own context, ensuring access to people with specialist expertise and places of scientific interest as part of the school’s commitment to learning outside the classroom.

Cross-curricular opportunities are identified, mapped and planned to ensure contextual relevance. Children are encouraged to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings and a love of science is nurtured through a whole school ethos and a varied science curriculum..

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