A high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world, and in studying a wide range of scientific areas children will develop observational skills, scientific curiosity and an awareness of the environment. Children are encouraged to make observations and comparisons, hypothesise and test ideas and to provide possible solutions.
The aims of the 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 for the future.
As children progress through the school they will study a range of scientific areas and themes, including plants, animals (including humans), living things and their habitats, everyday materials and their uses, seasonal changes, light, sound, electricity, Earth and space, forces and evolution.