The curriculum for Social, Environmental and Scientific Education incorporates
a science programme for children in all classes in the primary school.
SESE: Science enables children to develop basic scientific ideas and
understanding about the biological and physical aspects of the world.
The Science Curriculum gives special attention to the process through
which children develop this knowledge and understanding by helping them
to develop scientific skills. The curriculum also helps children to
develop positive attitudes to science. It encourages them to examine
and to appreciate how science and technology impact on their lives and
on the environment.
SESE: Science Curriculum
Science is for all children in the primary school from junior infants
to sixth class. The curriculum is presented in two sections: a skills
section and a content section.
The Science Curriculum supports children in working scientifically
and in developing their designing and making skills.
- Working scientifically – Children learning by investigating
is at the heart of the Science Curriculum. Children are encouraged
to work as scientists as they investigate and explore their physical
and natural surroundings. These first-hand experiences help them to
find answers to problems themselves by exploring their own environment.
The curriculum supports children in developing skills of enquiry during
this investigative work: observing, asking questions, suggesting explanations,
predicting outcomes, planning investigations or experiments to test
ideas and drawing conclusions.
- Designing and making - Designing and making is the technological
component of the Science Curriculum. This aspect of the curriculum
provides children with opportunities to apply scientific ideas to
everyday situations and problems. The children are challenged to explore,
plan and make models and functional objects in order to solve practical
problems. Designing and making simple magnetic games, wind/water mills,
floating vessels, telescopes, containers for specific purposes, electrical
circuits and so on develop children's awareness of the value of technology
in their lives.
The Science Curriculum includes four strands:
- Living things
- Energy and forces
- Environmental awareness and care.
Each strand is subdivided into strand units which focus on particular
(Information sourced from the NCCA ©