The National Curriculum for science aims to ensure 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 practical activity
- Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand its uses and implications today and for the future.
The Programmes of Study describe a sequence of knowledge and concepts. Pupils develop secure understanding of scientific concepts and are able to describe associated processes and key characteristics in common language, they become familiar with, and use accurately, the technical terminology appropriate to such concepts. They build an extended specialist vocabulary and learn to use this with precision as they progress. They also learn to apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science. Each Programme of Study is set out year-by-year for science. By the end of each Key Stage pupils are expected to have the knowledge, skills and understanding of the matters taught in the relevant Programme of Study.