The 2014 National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all children: 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 skills required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
We have carefully designed our knowledge-based Science curriculum so that children acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group (see example below of our Termly knowledge plan and Sequence of Learning for each topic, in each year group.) They work scientifically in all lessons, with disciplinary knowledge being taught explicitly (see example below of our Year 4 Working Scientifically document.) There is a focus on children articulating knowledge to deepen their understanding in all lessons. Explanation and oral rehearsal is key in all lessons.
We encourage children to be curious about the world in which they live throughout their time at Queensgate, and beyond. We have our own Queensgate Farm with hens.The children learn first-hand about life cycles, living things and their habitats, as this is woven into our science curriculum.