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Curriculum 2008

WALES CURRICULUM 2008


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Curriculum 2008 is the revised national curriculum for science in Wales.

The revised programmes of study and attainment target for science become legal requirements and come into effect on:

  • 1 August 2008 for Years 3, 4 and 5, Years 7 and 8 and Years 10 and 11 in Key Stage 4.

  • 1 August 2009 for Year 6 and Year 9.


Changes to the Curriculum

The main changes to the current (2000) order at Key Stage 2 are:

The curriculum has been reviewed and updated to reflect life in the twenty-first century.

The Range is now taught through the headings: 

  • Independence of Organisms

  • The Sustainable Earth

  • How Things Work

Less detail has been provided within the Range about types of activity and contexts for learning.

Emphasis has been placed on developing skills via the Range topics.

Skills have been divided into four areas of development:

  • Communication
  • Planning
  • Developing
  • Reflecting

Children should be given opportunities to carry out different types of enquiry, such as:

  • Pattern seeking
  • Exploring
  • Classifying and identifying
  • Making things
  • Fair testing
  • Using and applying models

Statements have been added to the Range Independence of Organisms to focus on :

  • The names and functions of the human’s main organs
  • How humans affect the local environment, e.g. litter, water, pollution, noise pollution and
  • Understand that exercise is needed for human good health.

Statements have been added to the Range The Sustainable Earth to focus on:

  • How are some materials formed or produced?
  • A consideration of what waste is and what happens to local waste that can be recycled and that which cannot be recycled and 
  • The daily annual movements of the earth and their effect on day and year length.

Growth, Reproduction and movement are no longer a part of the curriculum.

Level descriptions have been revised to clarify progression and are focused on developing skills.

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