Horbury Bridge CE

Living by Our Christian Values: Together in Faith, Hope and Love


It is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree – make
sure you understand the fundamental principles, i.e. the trunk and  
big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to.

Elon Musk

Our Science Principles

Pupils should:

  • know that science is a subject that helps us understand the world around us.
  • understand that science revolves around asking questions and know that we can’t always find the answers.
  • know that scientists carry out enquiries to try and find out the answers to their questions.
  • know that science can be used to predict how things behave, explain what is happening and figure out why.
  • understand that scientific theory has changed over time and that it will continue to change in the future.
  • know the key knowledge identified in each unit, so that they have a firm knowledge base to continue studying.

Our science curriculum is mapped across the year groups in three forms: substantive knowledge, disciplinary knowledge and vocabulary. 

  1. Substantive knowledge includes scientific concepts. This is based on the knowledge specified in the National Curriculum. 
  2. Disciplinary knowledge relates to how scientists work scientifically to construct their understanding of scientific concepts. Our aim is for pupils to learn more, do more and remember more. 
  3. We teach vocabulary explicitly alongside the substantive and disciplinary concepts.

 For a more detailed look at our Science Curriculum, please see the Science Overview Document below  or  download here

science overview hba.pdf