Science

Whittingham Primary Academy uses the United Learning  Curriculum for Science. 

It provides all pupils, regardless of their background, with: 

Substantive knowledge: 

Ensuring pupils master core content through the development of key concepts and timely revisiting of key knowledge  

Sequencing the curriculum to allow for gradual development of vertical concepts – the ‘big ideas’ in science – to provide firm foundations for KS3 and KS4 

Preventing common misconceptions that are often formed at an early age and prove problematic at the later stages of pupils’ science education 

Purposefully teaching appropriate knowledge that goes beyond the KS1 and KS2 national curriculum, to aid current and future understanding, and to smooth the transition to KS3 

Encouraging pupils to apply and make connections between the disciplines of science, the wider curriculum and the wider world  

Disciplinary knowledge: 

Sequencing Working Scientifically elements so that they are explicitly taught and practised alongside the substantive knowledge, and regularly reviewed and built upon across the years and key stages 

Making deliberate and explicit links to other curriculum areas – particularly geography and mathematics – to ensure there is a consistent approach to teaching content, and that pupils are always first taught content in the most relevant subject. For example, pupils are taught how to construct bar charts or calculate the mean in mathematics before they are applied in science 

Planning practical tasks that have a clear purpose: to demonstrate or prove substantive concepts, or to allow pupils to deliberately practice working scientifically skills in a relevant context 

Curiosity and excitement about science: 

Selecting examples and applications of science that inspires pupils’ curiosity about the world and natural phenomena 

Ensuring that all pupils can see themselves reflected in the science curriculum, by highlighting present-day role models and the contributions of scientists from a wide range of backgrounds; and considering social and cultural values around scientific ideas 

Click here to access our Science Curriculum Map

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