Science in the primary school curriculum

Broad objectives of a balanced science curriculum

When due account is taken of intrinsic abilities and varying circumstances, the science curriculum should enable the child to:

  • Develop an interest in and curiosity about the world through the exploration and study of living and non-living things
  • Develop a knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas through the study of living things and the environments in which they live, energy and forces, materials and processes of change
  • Observe, ask questions, discern patterns, hypothesise, plan, experiment, design, make, measure, discuss, analyse and evaluate results and so develop a scientific approach to problem-solving
  • Develop and apply constructive thinking in scientific investigations
  • Understand the application of some basic scientific ideas and concepts in everyday situations
  • Apply and use scientific knowledge, skills and resources in designing and making tasks
  • Explore and appreciate the influence that scientific and technological developments have on societies, life-styles, economic activities and the environment
  • Communicate and record observations, evidence and results of experiments and investigations using a variety of oral, written and graphical forms and other media
  • Explore the environmental repercussions of human actions on physical, natural and human environments
  • Understand the interdependence of a wide variety of living things and their environments, recognise the importance of conserving habitats and environments, and begin to understand that all life now and in the future depends on the sustainable development of the planet
  • Become actively involved in the discussion, exploration and resolution of environmental issues
  • Understand and apply a safety code in scientific and technological investigations and activities