The important thing is not to stop questioning.
- Albert Einstein
At Hurworth Primary School, we aim to harness children’s natural excitement and individual curiosity and inspire them to pursue scientific enquiry. In an increasingly scientific and technological age, it is important for us to provide the children with an opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to prepare them for life in the 21st century. Throughout their time at our school, they will learn to explain and analyse natural phenomena, make predictions and solve problems. Our curriculum aims to nurture a love for the natural world, create excitement for future possibilities in science and provide opportunities for the children to respond creatively in their learning.
All children at Hurworth Primary are entitled to develop an understanding of the world around them at an age-appropriate level and in line with the National Curriculum. Our children will learn key scientific vocabulary and knowledge in all three disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics, as well as the skills linked to scientific working.
Throughout their time at Hurworth Primary, children are encouraged to develop their observational, planning and investigating skills. These skills are embedded in each topic that the children study, and these core topics are revisited and developed through their time at our school and as they move onto secondary school.
Within science lessons, there are opportunities for children to read and hear stories that develop their scientific curiosity and embed the knowledge they are learning. Teachers also plan for children to use their writing and mathematical skills within a scientific context. Where appropriate, links between science and other curriculum areas are made so as to allow the children to develop their knowledge further and apply skills they have learnt. All children, including the most disadvantaged and those with SEND, are encouraged to achieve and enjoy science through creative learning, visitors to school and excursions within and outside of school, both in our locality and further afield.
The document below provides an overview of our Science curriculum for each year group.