At Priestley we believe that 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. All pupils will be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of 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.
At Priestley, the children will learn by working scientifically and practically investigating while developing a secure understanding of what constitutes a fair test. Science is fun and sometimes “unpredictable”; we want the children to enjoy finding out through experimenting.
Currently we use the cornerstones curriculum topics to cover the science curriculum.
Details of when each theme is covered can be found here: Priestley Curriculum Overview 19-20
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.