Science in the primary school curriculum

Science, SESE and the integrated curriculumĀ 

While science makes an important and distinctive contribution to the development of the child, scientific education complements the growth of the child’s learning in geography and history. All three contribute to the wider social, environmental and scientific education of the child, and their complementary roles will be reflected in the organisation of learning.

Throughout the primary school, and in the early years especially, much learning in science, geography and history will take place through the integrated themes or topics that teachers use to organise their work. Many of these topics will arise out of the child’s need to explore and understand his/her immediate environment and local community. The curriculum and its accompanying guidelines suggest how the development of valuable scientific skills, concepts and knowledge will be achieved as these topics are explored.