Science Curriculum intent: To create a sense of curiosity and excitement about natural phenomena whilst developing an understanding of how scientific investigation can be used to predict and explain them. Students will build a strong foundation in the key concepts underpinning Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and in the future.

Working scientifically: Throughout the content across all three disciplines, students should be taught:

Scientific attitudes:

  • pay attention to objectivity and concern for accuracy, precision, repeatability and reproducibility
  • understand that scientific methods and theories develop as earlier explanations are modified to take account of new evidence and ideas, together with the importance of publishing results and peer review
  • evaluate risks

Experimental skills and investigations:

  • ask questions and develop a line of enquiry based on observations of the real world, alongside prior knowledge and experience
  • make predictions using scientific knowledge and understanding
  • select, plan and carry out the most appropriate types of scientific enquiries to test predictions, including identifying independent, dependent and control variables
  • use appropriate techniques, apparatus, and materials during fieldwork and laboratory work, paying attention to health and safety
  • make and record observations and measurements using a range of methods for different investigations; and evaluate the reliability of methods and suggest possible improvements
  • apply sampling techniques

Analysis and evaluation:

  • apply mathematical concepts and calculate results
  • present observations and data using appropriate methods, including tables and graphs
  • interpret observations and data, including identifying patterns and using observations, measurements and data to draw conclusions
  • present reasoned explanations, including explaining data in relation to predictions and hypotheses
  • evaluate data, showing awareness of potential sources of random and systematic error
  • identify further questions arising from their results

Click here to view the 2020-21 Curriculum Overview for Science.
This gives details for each year group of curriculum content, recovery knowledge/understanding that will be revisited, and assessment for each half term across the academic year.

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