Our intent is to give every child a broad and balanced science curriculum which enables them to confidently explore and discover what is around them, so that they have a deeper understanding of the world we live in. We want our children to love science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge, vocabulary and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Our curriculum is planned so that it follows the National Curriculum guidance. Combined with CUSP planning, this enables us to ensure a progression in skills and knowledge and vocabulary throughout the school. We explore what children should already know about the subject and build on that using the national curriculum, working scientifically and CUSP knowledge notes. Every year group will build upon the learning from prior year groups, developing depth of understanding and progression of skills. As with all our lessons at Chilton, our science curriculum has a strong focus on the vocabulary associated with science and scientific reasoning. We revisit vocabulary and knowledge gained in each lesson to ensure a longer retention and deeper understanding.
The national curriculum for science aims 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.