Science provides foundations of understanding of the world and how it has changed our lives for the better. Our intent at Cottingley Village Primary School (CVPS), is to deliver a science curriculum so that children learn to recognise the power of rational explanation and to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena though a range of practical enquires and concrete experiences.
Our aim is for every child, from Nursery to Year Six, to develop an understanding of how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes following the principals of the National Curriculum 2014:
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
We believe that Science at CVPS encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts and scientific skills supported by our bespoke positive attitude development and core values of Building Learning Power.
The programmes of study in each year group are aligned, where appropriate, with our Learning Challenge Curriculum and beneficial cross curricular links identified. The children reflect upon previous learning to enable them to build on prior learning to acquire and develop the key knowledge and skills that have been identified within each unit and across each year group.
Pertinent key knowledge and skills, informed by National Curriculum, are linked to each Learning Challenge theme and are mapped in a series of progression documents. These outline the skills, knowledge, concepts, vocabulary and core learning experiences to allow children to build on prior knowledge, and increase their enthusiasm for the topics whilst embedding procedural knowledge into the long-term memory.