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National Curriculum (England)

Science National Curriculum (England)

Sequencing Science Topics
The National Curriculum in England: science programmes of study has progression across the year groups built into it. However, the order of the topics within each year group is not intended to indicate the sequence in which they are meant to be taught. Consequently, it is important that schools consider the sequence in which topics and their related statements are taught within each year. This document offers some suggestions on how to develop an appropriate sequence for each year group.

Science Enquiry: Supporting the Curriculum
This document identifies the opportunities for teaching the different types of science enquiry for each topic in each year of of the National Curriculum (England) for Years 1-6 . We've also provided the document broken down by each year below.

Science Enquiry: Supporting the Curriculum - Year 1
Science Enquiry: Supporting the Curriculum - Year 2
Science Enquiry: Supporting the Curriculum - Year 3
Science Enquiry: Supporting the Curriculum - Year 4
Science Enquiry: Supporting the Curriculum - Year 5
Science Enquiry: Supporting the Curriculum - Year 6

Key vocabulary for National Curriculum (England)

Knowledge Progression in the National Curriculum (England)

Maintaining curiosity: a survey into science education in schools

Timetabling Science within the Primary Curriculum - best practice guidance by the Association for Science Education's Primary Committee

Essential Resources for Teaching the National Curriculum (England) - spreadsheet of the essential resources teachers will need to teach the National Curriculum (England)

Interim teacher assessment framework KS1

Interim teacher assessment framework KS1

Interim teacher assessment frameworks KS1 and 2 science only

Performance descriptors linked to NC objectives KS1

Performance descriptors linked to NC objectives KS2

KS1 exemplification (government)

KS2 exemplification (government)

PLAN primary science assessment resources
The PLAN primary science assessment resources have been produced to help schools plan and assess effectively the science National Curriculum (England). Most of the resources are free to download from the PLAN website. Some additional documents are currently only available to ASE members and the CPD resources are available for sale on the PLAN website.

The PLAN primary science assessment resources include:

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