The science curriculum at Atam Academy provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. 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 science curriculum 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
Primary Science Long Term Plans
Secondary Science Long Term Plans
Alongside the core substantive scientific knowledge pupils are taught how to work scientifically, learning a range of scientific methods, processes and skills.
The principal focus of science teaching in key stage 1 is to enable pupils to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world around them.
The principal focus of science teaching in lower key stage 2 is to enable pupils to broaden their scientific view of the world around them. They do this through exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas about everyday phenomena and the relationships between living things and familiar environments, and by beginning to develop their ideas about functions, relationships and interactions.
The principal focus of science teaching in upper key stage 2 is to enable pupils to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. They do this through exploring and talking about their ideas; asking their own questions about scientific phenomena; and analysing functions, relationships and interactions more systematically. At upper key stage 2, pupils encounter more abstract ideas and begin to recognise how these ideas help them to understand and predict how the world operates
In key stage 3 science is taught as the three distinct disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science is taught as a spiral curriculum that regularly re-visits scientific topics over the course of the key stage. Each time the content is re-visited, pupils gain a deeper knowledge of the topic. This has the benefits of reinforcing information over time and using prior knowledge to inform future learning.
The three principles of the spiral curriculum:
- Cyclical: Pupils return to the same topic several times throughout the key stage
- Increasing Depth: Each time a pupil returns to the topic it is learned at a deeper level with greater complexity;
- Prior Knowledge: Pupils’ prior knowledge is utilized when a topic is returned to so that they build from their foundations rather than starting anew.