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Arboretum Knowledge Progression (2014 Curriculum)


A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundation knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. Pupil’s should be made aware of the many occupations and careers that require Science as a foundation and should be encouraged to aspire to work towards these goals.


The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

 develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics

 develop 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.




of plants

of animals, including humans

of everyday materials – their properties and how they change

of seasonal changes

of living things and their habitats

of rocks

of light

of forces and magnets

of states of matter

of sound

of electricity

of Earth and space

of evolution and inheritance


Working scientifically:

asking questions and problem solving 


observation and working with others

testing and taking measurements through using and applying number

identifying and classifying

making suggestions

gathering, recording and reporting data – communicating all of this scientific understanding


Critical thinking, including:




making connections and contrasts