Science Curriculum intent

At Ark Victoria, all pupils will learn to think scientifically by developing their enquiry skills through Biological, Chemical and Physical investigations.  We aim to encourage and nurture the curiosity our pupils inherently have, in helping them to make sense of their world and other natural phenomena.  We want our children to be able to explore, think critically, question, speak and write like a scientist and be able to transfer this skill across the subject disciplines, and through to their schooling career and beyond.  Our children will also understand and appreciate the role that science has in society, its importance, relevance and demand for the future in preparation for their role as global citizens. 

Our Science Six Pillars

At Ark Victoria we have 6 curriculum pillars

Resilient readers: Scientific literacy and understanding complex technical terms is the foundation of the science curriculum. We enhance students ability to read and comprehend these words and concepts using the techniques of our school to support their journey as readers. The science curriculum aims to encourage students to read scientific articles and current research to develop their understanding of an ever changing world. This will ensure that students can access the curriculum as well as concepts that influence their lives.  

High quality teaching: High quality teaching in science. All teachers are experts in the modelling and teaching of biology, chemistry and physics. Working scientifically and mathematical skills are taught both explicitly and implicitly throughout pupils' educational journey. Teachers seek opportunities to link the sciences across the curriculum.

Knowledge rich curriculum: The science curriculum includes a broad range of concepts that allow students to develop and scaffold their understanding of the world through each key stage.  Our curriculum allows student critically evaluate concepts discussed in the world around them, this increases in complexity as our students get older.  

High ambition: The science curriculum challenges pupils at every stage of their journey through school. Students develop their knowledge through a variety of techniques whilst harnessing their curiosity towards scientific enquiry and procedures. Students will gain skills through scaffolded learning approaches in order to study at the highest level and their challenge point. Teachers will work to ensure that ambitious targets are met.  

Diverse and inclusive: The science curriculum introduces the work and careers of various scientists from all cultures in order appreciate the their journey to success. Our science curriculum also recognises the impact of ethics and belief systems, politics, popular culture and economics on students’ perceptions and allows them to explore alternative perspectives. They realise that many advances in the sciences and technology have borne consequences for us and our environment   

Strong Character: The science curriculum promotes traits like motivation, engagement, critical thinking, independence and curiosity in order to build a positive attitude towards learning over an extended period of time. Our students will recognise, respond, appreciate how science moulds their lives. Moreover, it will lead to habits of mind, habit to do, and finally build our students' character in order to become resilient and empathetic scientists of the future.   

Science Topic Map


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1 

Spring 2 

Summer 1

Summer 2


Understanding the world/The Natural World 


Understanding the world/The Natural World 


Seasonal changes: Autumn and Winter 

Everyday Materials  Animals including humans: identify and name basic structure, senses  Seasonal changes: Spring and summer  Plants: identify and name basic structure 


Animals including humans: lifecycle and basic needs  Living things and habitats  Uses of materials  Habitats: protecting our environments  Plants: conditions for growth, sequence of growth 


Rocks and fossils  Animals including humans: skeleton and muscles  Light and shadows  Plants: conditions for growth, functions of parts, and lifecycle  Forces and magnets 


Animals, including humans: Teeth and digestion  States of matter Classification and environments  Sound  Electricity: simple circuits, conductors, and insulators 


Forces  Earth and Space  Properties and changes of materials  Animals, including humans: Lifecycles and Growing old 


Light and perception  Classification of species  Evolution and inheritance  Electricity and circuits: symbolic representation of components/components   Circulation and lifestyle 


B1.1 Cells      

C1.1 Particles 

P1.1 Contact Forces 

B1.2 Reproduction 

C1.2 Elements, Atoms and Compounds      

P1.2 space 

B1.3 Interdependence 

P1.3 Energy Transfers  

C1.3 Mixtures      

P1.4 Electric Circuits: Current and Voltage 


P2.1 Movement and Pressure    

B2.1 Tissues and Organs 

C2.1 Acids and Alkalis 

C2.2 Changing Substances 

B2.2 Respiration and Photosynthesis    

P2.2 Magnetism 

B2.3 Life Diversity 

P2.3 Electric Circuits: Resistance    

C2.3 Earth Systems 

P2.4 Light  

B2.4 Nutrition 


B3.1 Growth and Differentiation    

C3.1 The Periodic Table 

P3.1 Acceleration 

B3.2 Human Interaction    

C3.2 Introduction to Quantitative Chemistry 

P3.2 Heating 

B3.3 Genetics    

P3.3 Sound and Waves  

P3.4 Home Electricity 

C3.3 Using Resources 


B4.1 Organ systems    

C4.1  Structure and Bonding 

P4.1  Movement 

B4.2 Plant and Material Cycling    

C4.2 Extraction of metals 

C4.3 Chemical Analysis 

P4.2 Energy Conservation 

P4.3 Electric circuits and energy 

B4.3 Health and disease    

P4.4 Radioactivity 

C 4.4 Carbon Chemistry Part 1 

C5.1 Quantitative Chemistry 


B4.3 Evolution    

B5.1 Feedback and Control 

C 4.4 Carbon Chemistry Part 2 

P5.1 E. M. Radiation 

B5.2 Controlling Reproduction    

P5.2 Force Fields 

C5.2  Controlling Reactions 



Science Progression Narrative

Please read our Science Progression Narrative here: Discipline Concept Narratives

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