Science

Science Curriculum

At St. Cuthbert’s, we believe that a high-quality science education will provide children with the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Through building up a body of key knowledge 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. 

Intent:

  • 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 and it’s links with technology, maths and engineering today and for the future.

Implementation

At St. Cuthbert’s science is taught both as a discrete subject, however cross curricular links are made to other subjects as and when they occur. We use the scheme Science Bug as a starting point for all our Science activities in KS 1 and 2. (Science Bug is a comprehensive and coherent online and print science programme. It  is designed to build the knowledge and skills needed to spark imagination, fuel curiosity and nurture confident young scientists)

In EYFS, children begin to develop an understanding of science through the broad area ‘Understanding the World’. Children explore and find out about the world around them and begin to ask questions about it.

As children progress through the school they are given a wide range of scientific experiences as they are introduced to more complex scientific ideas. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way science is an integral part of our everyday modern life and will affect the present and the future on a personal, national and global level. The curriculum develops scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through a range of topics from the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Children work scientifically and develop their understanding of scientific enquiry by establishing and evaluating explanations through experimental evidence and modelling. Children apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data. They will be given the opportunity to see the links with technology and engineering through STEM clubs and activities.

In 2019 St Cuthberts were awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark. This award focuses on developing effective, confident science leadership for the whole school impact on science teaching and learning. We are currently working towards obtaining a green flag award which is part of the Eco Schools Programme. This is pupil-led, involving hands-on learning that gets the whole school and the wider community involved in exciting environmental projects

Impact

At St. Cuthbert’s, we teach the foundations of biology, chemistry and physics in a fun and enjoyable way, with a big emphasis on practical experiments to help demonstrate and visualise objectives.

Our aim is for pupils to have the key knowledge and skills that underpin future learning. Children should understand the importance of science in our world. We want to enable them to understand key environmental issues such as energy efficiency, recycling and sustainability so that they leave St Cuthbert’s with the ability to contribute positively as responsible global citizens.

You can find our long term plan here