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Science Knowledge Sequence

Science Substantive Knowledge

This is the factual content produced by the areas of biology, physics and chemistry e.g. naming the simple physical properties of everyday materials or that plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.

Science Disciplinary Knowledge

This is the scientific methods e.g. using the skills of predicting, investigating, gathering data and hypothesising an idea.
It is the opportunity to developing understanding of a substantive knowledge e.g. investigating if a plant will grow healthily in the dark will develop understanding of what a plant needs to be healthy.

At OPA we teach lessons in three parts:

Think – Learn – Apply

Pupils are challenged to think hard with skilful questioning by class teachers.

Pupils from Nursery to Year 6 explore and have opportunities to learn from hands on experiences.

Learners collaborate in groups – sometimes, making models to explain a concept. Pupils record their learning on seesaw using photographs, audio recordings, labels and write ups.