The science curriculum at Bourne provides the foundations for understanding the world through the ‘lenses’ of biology, chemistry and physics. In an ever-changing scientific world, science is valued as a core. 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.
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.
Guided by the National Curriculum, specific learning objectives are identified for each year group. These objectives provide guidance for teacher planning, including incorporating a number of key enquiry skills that help children answer scientific questions about the world.
Most science topics are revisited in different year groups to ensure retention, building upon, and applying previously learned concepts in order to develop deeper links.
Science fits into the wider Bourne curriculum by being incorporated into the ‘creative curriculum’, an over-encompassing, topic-based curriculum which allows pupils to learn not only about science, but history, geography, art and design technology, all consolidated into a fun, age-appropriate topic.
Below is curriculum map, outlining the topics for each class throughout the year: