The Cambridge Primary Science curriculum is presented in four content areas or ‘strands’. These are further subdivided into ‘substrands’. The four strands and substrands are Scientific enquiry: Ideas and evidence; Plan investigative work; Obtain and present evidence; Consider evidence and approach. Biology: Plants; Living things in their environment (from stage 2); Humans and animals. Chemistry: Material properties; Material changes (from stage 2); States of matter (from stage 4). Physics: Forces (forces and motion from stage 3); Light and dark (from stage 2); Electricity (from stage 2, Electricity and magnetism from stage 4); The Earth and beyond (from stage 2); Sound.
Scientific enquiry is about considering ideas, evaluating evidence, planning investigative work and recording and analysing data. The Scientific enquiry objectives underpin Biology, Chemistry and Physics, which are focused on developing confidence and interest in scientific knowledge. Environmental awareness and some history of science are also incorporated.
During the year students have the opportunity to carry out lab experiments under the guidance of their homeroom teachers in collaboration with the Secondary subject specific teachers. Every year a Primary Science Fair is organized to encourage students to develop scientific enquiry skills and apply the knowledge acquired.