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Science Curriculum Intent

“A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.”                                                                                 
                                                                                                  The National Curriculum

At Muscliff Primary School, our vision is to ignite children’s curiosity and wonder about the world around them and foster a lifelong thirst for knowledge. We have carefully designed our science curriculum so that the key units, informed by the National Curriculum, link with our ‘beautiful texts’. This makes the learning more relevant, engaging and memorable for our children.

Children are encouraged to think as scientists as they learn conceptual knowledge and take part in scientific enquiries, including observation over time, comparative and fair testing, pattern seeking, identifying, classifying and grouping, and research using secondary sources. Throughout their learning, children are taught and given many opportunities to work scientifically. We want children to take ownership for their learning and make their own observations and conclusions. During lessons, our children are not only learning about science but also a variety of transferable life skills, including communication, teamwork, problem solving and critical thinking. We want our children to have a rich vocabulary in science which is why scientific language is taught and built upon as units are revisited in later year groups.

Our aim is that through the teaching of science, children will have a good understanding of chemistry, biology and physics, will be equipped with the skills to answer their own questions about the world and will be excited to continue their science journeys at secondary school and beyond!