In Coleridge’s Science curriculum, the objectives for each year group fall under one of two broad headings. These are:
- Scientific Knowledge and Conceptual Understanding
- The Nature, Process and Methods of Science (working scientifically)
Those objectives pertaining to Scientific Knowledge and Conceptual Understanding are principally concerned with developing a body of scientific knowledge in children. They cover key facts and concepts in the wider areas of biology, physics and chemistry but have been arranged into units – or Programmes of Study – such as Plants, Everyday Materials, and Animals Including Humans. These programmes of study are taught sequentially during the child’s time in school, and are revisited in later years to consolidate and build knowledge.
Objectives under the heading The Nature, Process and Methods of Science (or working scientifically), focus on developing scientific enquiry skills. They encourage children to work and to behave like scientists, developing skills such as observation, planning, hypothesising and fair testing. These objectives are taught in context and in conjunction with all programmes of study.
Teachers at Coleridge are free to deliver the programmes of study in any order they choose, so as to afford greater opportunity for cross curricular links with work taking place in other curriculum areas at this time.
Click here to read our Science Curriculum Plan.