At Ark Bentworth, the Science curriculum is designed to ensure pupils are achieving the three key aims of the National Curriculum. This states that through science teaching, all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Science at Ark Bentworth ensures our pupils gain the knowledge they need to discover, understand and begin to explain the world and phenomena around them. In addition, we ensure our pupils are equipped with the skills and knowledge of processes through which science is achieved and applied. We know that pupils need to know how science works in their own lives and in the lives of others. Our pupils have the right to be scientifically literature because science matters in the world.

  • Year 1: Everyday Materials, Autumn and Winter, Amazing Animals, Spring and Summer, Plants
  • Year 2: Animal Survival, Uses of Materials, Animals and Habitats, Protecting our Environment, Plants: Bulbs and Growth
  • Year 3: Skeletons and Muscles, Rocks and Fossils, Light and Shadows, Plant Survival, Forces and Magnets
  • Year 4: Teeth and Digestion, States of Matter, Classification and Environments, Sound, Electricity
  • Year 5: Earth and Space, Forces, Material Properties and Changes, Life Cycles, Growing Old
  • Year 6: Light and Perception, Classification, Evolution and Inheritance, Electricity and Circuits, Circulatory System and Lifestyle

The knowledge across the three disciplines of science builds sequentially with pupils often revisiting an idea or concept again in a later unit. In Biology, pupils develop their knowledge of organisms, ecosystems and genes. In Chemistry, pupils develop their knowledge of materials, uses of materials and how materials can change. In physics, pupils develop their knowledge of forces, energy and space. The pupils at Ark Bentworth work scientifically in a meaningful way. They gain the necessary knowledge first, before working scientifically to deepen and explore this knowledge further. Scientific enquiry is mapped out against the units to ensure balance and coverage.

Science Progression at Ark Bentworth