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Based on the new national curriculum for science, we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop 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
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Science in key stage 1 will:

  • enable pupils to experience and observe phenomena.
  • encourage them to be curious and ask questions about what they notice.
  • develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer questions.
  • begin to use simple scientific language.
  • use first-hand practical experiences, as well as some use of appropriate secondary sources, such as books, photographs and videos.

Science in lower key stage 2 will:

  • enable pupils to broaden their scientific view of the world around them.
  • Enable them to explore, talk about, test and develop ideas.
  • teach them to ask their own questions about what they observe and make some decisions about which types of scientific enquiry are likely to be the best ways of answering them.
  • teach them to draw simple conclusions and use some scientific language; including to read and spell scientific vocabulary correctly with confidence, using their growing word reading and spelling knowledge.

Science in upper key stage 2 will:

  • help them develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas.
  • enable them to explore and talk about their ideas and ask their own questions more systematically.
  • give them opportunities to encounter more abstract ideas.
  • help them to recognise that scientific ideas change and develop over time.
  • teach them to select the most appropriate ways to answer science questions using different types of scientific enquiry.
  • teach them to draw conclusions based on their data and observations.
  • Also enable them to read, spell and pronounce scientific vocabulary correctly.

At Norwood, the curriculum will be taught through a wide variety of topic areas, including Living things and their habitats; evolution and inheritance; materials; seasonal changes; forces and magnets; light; sound; earth and space.