Science in the primary school curriculum


The strands of the curriculum present the science topics that children will explore. Content in science for the infant classes is presented in four strands:

  • Living things, which is concerned with the study of people, animals and plants and their life processes  
  • Energy and forces, which describes the different forms of energy such as light, sound and heat and the exploration of different forces that the children encounter through structured play with water and toys
  • Materials, which involves the exploration of different everyday materials and the investigation of their characteristics
  • Environmental awareness and care, which outlines how science and geography can foster the child’s appreciation of environments and his/her responsibility for their conservation and enhancement. Environmental awareness and care is a cross-curricular strand common to the science and geography curricula.