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Nantwich Primary Academy’s Science curriculum develops a lifelong curiosity in children, promoting respect for the living and non-living. The curriculum encompasses knowledge, concepts, skills, and positive attitudes.
Children acquire and develop key knowledge, skills, and scientific concepts progressively. Science lessons have a skills-based focus and children learn through systematic investigations, building independence in planning and conducting fair tests. Knowledge Organisers reinforce key learning and scientific vocabulary for each unit.
Our curriculum covers biology, chemistry, physics and earth science. Children develop skills to work scientifically, including methods used to answer questions, using apparatus and techniques, data analysis and using evidence to develop explanations. Hands-on activities, investigations, and real-life examples embed scientific knowledge and skills.
Teachers have secure subject knowledge and use assessments and knowledge catchers to measure progress. Children are confident communicators, equipped with scientific
skills and cultural capital for success in
secondary education and beyond.
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At Nantwich Primary Academy, as part of our curriculum pedagogy, our children from EYFS to Year 6 are inspired by the world of science and technology. Through engaging with visitors from our local community, work in the world of science is shared and pupils are inspired for their futures.
Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first hand experiences of the world around them. Frequent, continuous and progressive learning outside the classroom is embedded throughout the science curriculum.
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Examples of Cross-Curricular Links
Science involves measurement, data collection and analysis, which are fundamental skills in mathematics.
Science requires students to communicate their findings, observations and theories effectively, developing their writing and speaking skills.
Technology is an essential part of scientific inquiry, students can use technology to collect data, analyse results, and visualise scientific concepts.
Understanding the earth and its processes is key to learning about the environment and sustainability, which is a crucial part of geography.
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Students can learn about the scientific discoveries and advancements made throughout history, such as the development of vaccines, and the impact they have had on society.
Through science, students can explore the properties of materials, the physics of light and colour, and the biology of living organisms, which can inspire artistic creations.
Science can teach students about the human body, nutrition, and exercise physiology, which can inform their physical education and health.
Science can provide students with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about ethical issues such as climate change, genetically modified foods, and scientific research.
Our Science Progress Pathway offers a clear and structured learning journey, enabling students to develop essential skills and knowledge in line with the national curriculum. It focuses on biology, chemistry, physics and earth science, with each unit building progressively to develop their understanding of concepts, models, laws and theories.
By fostering curiosity, scientific enquiry and critical thinking skills, the pathway prepares students for future academic and personal success. It also supports consistent, high-quality science education across all grade levels, with TAPS assessments measuring skill acquisition and real-life examples used to give our children a deeper understanding.
Through various workshops, trips and interactions with experts and local charities, children have the understanding that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity.
Children learn the possibilities for careers in science as a result of our community links and connection with national agencies such as the STEM Association, ensuring that children have access to positive role models within the field of science, supporting future aspirations.