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Cambridge Primary Science Curriculum Framework

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Contents
Stage 1 .....................................................................................................1 Stage 2 .....................................................................................................3 Stage 3 .....................................................................................................5 Stage 4 .....................................................................................................7 Stage 5 .....................................................................................................9 Stage 6 ................................................................................................... 12

Introduction
Welcome to the Cambridge Primary Science curriculum framework. This framework provides a comprehensive set of progressive learning objectives for science. The objectives detail what the learner should know or what they should be able to do in science in each year of primary education. They provide a structure for teaching and learning and a reference against which learners’ ability and understanding can be checked. The Cambridge Primary Science curriculum is presented in four content areas: Scientific enquiry, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Scientific enquiry is about considering ideas, evaluating evidence, planning investigative work and recording and analysing data. The Scientific enquiry objectives underpin Biology, Chemistry and Physics, which are focused on developing confidence and interest in scientific knowledge. Environmental awareness and some history of science are also incorporated. The Cambridge Primary Science curriculum framework provides a solid foundation upon which the later stages of education can be built. The Cambridge Curriculum is founded on the values of the University of Cambridge and best practice in schools. The curriculum is dedicated to developing learners who are confident, responsible, innovative and engaged. Each curriculum framework for English, mathematics and science is designed to engage learners in an active and creative learning journey.

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Cambridge Primary Science Curriculum Framework (for use from 2011)

Stage 1
Scientific enquiry
Ideas and evidence • Try to answer questions by collecting evidence through observation.

Biology
Plants • • • • • • Know that plants are living things. Know that there are living things and things that have never been alive. Explore ways that different animals and plants inhabit local environments. Name the major parts of a plant, looking at real plants and models. Know that plants need light and water to grow. Explore how seeds grow into flowering plants.

Plan investigative work • • • Ask questions and contribute to discussions about how to seek answers. Make predictions. Decide what to do to try to answer a science question.

Obtain and present evidence • • • Explore and observe in order to collect evidence (measurements and observations) to answer questions. Suggest ideas and follow instructions. Record stages in work.

Humans and animals • • • • • Recognise the similarities and differences between each other. Recognise and name the main external parts of the body. Know about the need for a healthy diet, including the right types of food and water. Explore how senses enable humans and animals to be aware of the world around them. Know that humans and animals produce offspring which grow into adults.

Consider evidence and approach • • • Make comparisons. Compare what happened with predictions. Model and communicate ideas in order to share, explain and develop them.

Cambridge Primary Science Curriculum Framework (for use from 2011)

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Chemistry
Material properties • • • • Use senses to explore and talk about different materials. Identify the characteristics of different materials. Recognise and name...
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