“Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood.” – Marie Curie

Science is at the core of understanding the world’s past, present and future and our place within it. To show children the world through the lens of science is to equip our children with skills needed to live and be a part of an ever-changing planet. At Concordia Academy, we recognise the importance of experiencing the joys of science and understanding its application in every aspect of daily life. As a school keen to foster children who are curious and inquisitive about their world, we have a focus on the practical elements of science and encourage children to ask questions about the world around them. The curriculum is designed to ensure that children are able to acquire key scientific knowledge through practical experiences such as using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently. We encourage pupils to use a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including annotated diagrams, graphs, concept maps and using ICT. Throughout this process, we endeavour to ensure that the science curriculum our children experience is exciting and innovative as well as building core skills and knowledge.

As one of the core subjects, we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it deserves within the curriculum and ensure that all relevant ideas and aspects of biology, chemistry and physics are fully explored. The National Curriculum is used as a guide for the taught content and a school wide progression document is used to ensure that substantive knowledge and disciplinary skills are taught in tandem, developing progressively from year to year. Children have weekly lessons in Science throughout Key Stage 1 and 2, using high quality planning which is supplemented by ongoing support and CPD by the Science Lead. Concordia teachers recognise the importance of knowing more and remembering more, using strategies to activate prior knowledge, and one of our focuses for this year is to ensure that the most relevant knowledge is revisited in lessons in order to support pupils in their new learning. All children, including all SEND children are included in science lessons and access the lesson from their own starting points.

The impact and quality of our science curriculum is evidenced in the fact that the school has achieved the nationally recognised ‘Primary Science Quality Mark’. Even more importantly, the success is visible in our pupils who are motivated and engaged in their science lessons and demonstrate a sound understanding of scientific concepts.

Please download the documents below for further information on our Science curriculum.

Science Curriculum Map

Science Progression Map

Supporting your child in Science

If you are interested in finding out more about primary school science and in supporting your child in the subject, then the following websites could be helpful:

BBC Bitesize KS1 Science
BBC Bitesize KS2 Science
Engineering Interact
Primary Science

Romford Library also has a number of fascinating and informative books which cover a range of science topics that your child can borrow.