Purpose of study
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 are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational 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.
AimsThe 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 in the future.
The programmes of study for science are set out year-by-year for KS1 and 2.
Try these sites for discovering exciting science!
Discovery kids - Games, videos, exploration and a very good Facebook feed with current events.
The Science Museum - the best science museum in the world lets you explore and discover parts on line.
Extreme Science - find the biggest, baddest and best in the world of science!
Kids Gardening - the science of getting out in the garden and growing!
Planet Pals - discover more about our planet and how to help to keep it green.
Science for Kids - a great site from New Zealand.
Science made simple - get active with these great science projects that can be done at home.
Strange science - a history of paleontology and biology.
All year groups now study part of their local habitat and compare how it changes throughout the year.