The key concepts within science have been identified using five organisers:

  • Planet Earth
  • Forces, electricity and waves
  • Biological systems
  • Materials
  • Topical science

Learning in science will enable children to:

  • Develop curiosity and understanding of the environment and their place in the living, material and physical world
  • demonstrate a secure knowledge and understanding of the big ideas and concepts of the sciences
  • develop skills for learning, life and work
  • develop the skills of scientific inquiry and investigation using practical techniques
  • develop skills in the accurate use of scientific language, formulae and equations
  • apply safety measures and take necessary actions to control risk and hazards
  • recognise the impact the sciences make on their lives, the lives of others, the environment and on society
  • recognise the role of creativity and inventiveness in the development of the sciences
  • develop an understanding of the Earth’s resources and the need for responsible use of them
  • express opinions and make decisions on social, moral, ethical, economic and environmental issues based upon sound understanding
  • develop as a scientifically-literate citizen with a lifelong interest in the sciences
  • establish the foundation for more advanced learning and future careers in the sciences and the technologies.