The principal focus of science teaching in key stage 2 is to enable pupils to broaden their scientific view of the world. This should develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. We want the students to have an appreciation of the different strands of science as well as an understanding of how they are connected.
Our aim is to develop a natural curiosity for the sciences and allow children to have the opportunity to question, explore and think critically, while working scientifically, about how the world operates. We want children to appreciate how science interacts with the other foundation subjects and its significance within history, geography and religion, enabling children to form and justify their own view of how the world operates.
National Curriculum Aims
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.
A copy of the National Curriculum for Science can be found in the Documents section below.
In key stage two, science is now taught as an explicit subject. We have organised our curriculum to create progression opportunities for students to build on prior scientific knowledge across the key stage. The National Curriculum objectives have been shared across lower and upper key stage two. This will ensure that they are revisited and expanded upon allowing for deeper thinking, progression and development of skills.
Science planning should be structured around key questions to ensure children are given the opportunity to explore, discuss, reflect and to work scientifically. They should do this through exploring and talking about their ideas; asking their own questions about scientific phenomena; and analysing functions, relationships and interactions more systematically.
Through the use of progression documents, resources and staff training, teachers will have a good understanding of children’s prior scientific knowledge, allowing them to make connections to past units, other foundation subjects and to create a knowledge-rich learning environment for a child to think deeply.
As they are developed, Science Overviews of what is taught in KS2 years 3-6 can be found in the Documents section below.