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Science in the National Curriculum

Science is a way of thinking which leads to a way of working, helping the children to understand more about the world around them. The question “why?” must play a key role in the children’s science teaching and learning. Practical activities are normally the best medium for understanding Science. Systematic inquiry, analysis of problems, formation of ideas, their testing and modification are encouraged through whole class, group or individual investigations and project work, designed to awake the children's natural curiosity.

At St Cuthbert’s our aims in teaching science are:

  • to develop knowledge and understanding of important scientific ideas, processes and skills and relate these to everyday experiences;
  • to learn about ways of thinking; and of finding out about and communicating ideas; and
  • to explore values and attitudes through science.

Topic, coverage and skills

We cover the following topics in Science

Through these topics we ensure the coverage of Programmes of Study (POS) as  required by The National Curriculum. This is delivered over a two year rolling programme, Route A (2019-2020) is detailed in the documents below:

Along with coverage of  knowledge, skills and working scientifically in Science, we have detailed the progression of Enquiry Skills in Science, from EYFS to Year 6, in the document below.

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