Aims and purposes of science


·         develop knowledge and understanding of important scientific ideas, processes and skills and relate these to everyday experiences;

·         learn about ways of thinking and of finding out about and communicating ideas;

·         explore values and attitudes through science.

·         build on their scientific knowledge and understanding from and make connections between different areas of science;

·         use scientific ideas and models to explain phenomena and events;

·         understand a range of familiar applications of science;

·         think about the advantages and drawbacks of scientific and technological developments for the environment and in other contexts, considering the reasons for different opinions;

·         carry out investigations of different types, on their own and in groups, making use of reference sources and evaluating their work;

·         communicate what they did and its significance;

·         learn how scientists work and the importance of experimental evidence in supporting scientific ideas.

Knowledge and understanding

Students should:

Processes and skills

Students should:

Language and communication

Students should:

Values and attitudes

Students should:

Building on students’ earlier experiences

These experiences are likely to have included:

Health and safety

Teaching risk concepts to students will help them make their own decisions about risk so that they can:

Features of progression

To ensure students make progress in science, teaching will provide opportunities for students to progress: