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Our Science Curriculum

  • We believe that science is important because it is everywhere - it is part of our daily lives;

  • Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science;

  • Through building up a body of key knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena;

  • Pupils are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes;

  • Being 'science literate’ is not just an advantage but a necessity. Advances in technology and science are rapidly transforming the world our children inhabit; 

  • We want children to understand why science is important and how we use science in real world contexts and, equally importantly, to think critically to question and test  problems and identify solutions;

  • Our teaching is designed to ignite curiosity, the work is about enquiry and investigation, asking, exploring and understanding why and how;

  • Our pupils are taught scientific knowledge, methods and processes, and use their analytical skills to think about the philosophy and uses of science;

  • We follow the national curriculum for science. Our planning provides problem solving opportunities - children are encouraged to ask their own questions and use their scientific skills and research to find the answers;

  • The curriculum revisits previous learning and builds subject knowledge as pupils journey through the school, for example children build their knowledge about the human body through units of learning in each year group:

Science Human Body curriculum overview

  • Each unit of study includes practical, hands-on investigations that enable the children to hypothesise, predict, design and conduct tests, record and analyse their findings and then review their hypothesis;
  • We celebrate science week and use this as an opportunity to reflect on why science matters in everyday life, and what opportunities it offers for future learning and careers, especially for girls.

Covid adaptations to our science curriculum: We are delivering our full science curriculum. While we cannot conduct science investigations in groups or use our practical room for investigations, we are adapting science plans to include safe hands-on investigations wherever possible. All resources used in hands-on learning are sanitised after use. For example in the Year 6 Light unit, children used torches and mirrors in pairs whilst conducting their investigation rather than in a group. They were able to use the torch and point it to a direction to see light travels in a straight line and were able to change the direction with the use of a mirror. 

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Our science curriculum in full

Click below to see the full details of our science curriculum

Science knowledge organisers

Each unit is supported by a knowledge organiser which details the key facts and vocabulary for each unit. This is sent home in advance of the unit, allowing children to make a head start on their learning. Click here to see our knowledge organisers.

British Science Week 2020

This year Earlham celebrated hands on scientific learning. Each class explored an area of science through investigation, testing, making and doing, and then showcased their learning at our annual science fair. The week culminated with the Great Earlham Paper Plane Competition and same great learning about forces, aerodynamics and air resistance - congratulations to everyone who took part, and to our winners Abdulrahman and Mr David!

Here are some pictures of our fun learning!

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