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Science and Technology

Gwyddoniaeth a Thechnoleg

The importance of science and technology in our modern world cannot be overstated. Developments in these areas have always been drivers of change in society, underpinning innovation and impacting on everyone’s lives economically, culturally and environmentally. As such, the Science and Technology Area of Learning and Experience (Area) will be increasingly relevant in the opportunities young people encounter and the life choices that they make.

Ready access to vast amounts of data requires all learners to be able to assess inputs critically, understand the basis of information presented as fact, and make informed judgements that impact their own behaviours and values. They need to develop the ability to meaningfully ask the question, ‘Just because we can, does that mean we should?’


Science & Technology draws on the disciplines of biology, chemistry, computer science, design and technology, and physics to enhance our knowledge and understanding of the world.

Science & Technology rely on first hand experiences and on other sources of information and their importance in the modern world cannot be understated.

What matters in this Area has been expressed in six statements which support and complement one another, and should not be viewed in isolation. Together they contribute to realising the four purposes of the curriculum - to enable learners to become; ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives; enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work; ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world; healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society. 


  • to develop learners’ enjoyment and interest in science & technology, and an appreciation of its contribution to all aspects of everyday life
  • to build on learners’ curiosity of the world and the achievements of science & technology
  • to use a planned range of investigations and practical activities, both indoors and outdoors, to give learners a greater understanding of the concepts and knowledge of science & technology
  • to provide learners with opportunities to explain their thinking, explore, discuss and use literacy skills to communicate their ideas
  • to develop learners’ basic practical skills and their ability to design, create, measure, interpret data, make deductions, communicate and draw conclusions based on evidence
  • to develop learners’ ability to develop and apply digital skills appropriately
  • to develop and apply wider skills including critical thinking and problem-solving, planning and organisation, creativity and innovation, careers and work-related experiences
  • to explore how Wales has contributed to scientific & technological innovation and development