The Belham Curriculum:


We use the Developing Experts curriculum which teaches knowledge and skills to pupils in biology, chemistry, and physics. With practical work, pupils cover six units annually from Key Stage 1, aligning with EYFS goals for the Foundation Stage.

Curriculum Intent

By the time they leave in Year Six, The Belham pupils will have scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. They will also have developed their understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of scientific enquiry that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them. They will also be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Our Offer

As a school, we use the Developing Experts curriculum. Our primary goals are for pupils to learn, question, and explore the subjects presented. We aim to encourage their curiosity about the world and help them develop the mindset of scientists, comprehending the nature, processes, and methods of science through practical application. This approach will be integrated into the subjects of biology, chemistry, and physics, emphasising the key components of scientific inquiry, enabling pupils to employ diverse methods to address pertinent scientific inquiries. These types of scientific inquiry encompass observing over time, pattern recognition, classification, comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations), and research using secondary sources.

Pupils will pursue answers to questions by gathering, analysing, and presenting data. Teaching will encompass a combination of whole-class, group, and individual work, making use of a wide array of scientific equipment from our extensive and evolving resource bank. From Key Stage 1 onwards, pupils will receive instruction in six Science units over the academic year, with one topic block per half term. In the Foundation Stage, science teaching aligns with the EYFS learning objectives for knowledge and understanding of the world.

How you can help at home

Experiment! Seize every opportunity to unravel the workings of things, as it nurtures curiosity. In a world of pre-made products, understanding how things function is often overlooked. Disassembling old, broken items can bridge that knowledge gap, as can discussing the raw materials and production processes of finished goods. When faced with questions, researching together, perhaps using resources like BBC Bitesize, is an excellent way to find answers.

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