Pathways for Natural Science in the National Common Curriculum © Mat Wright

The publication Pathways for Natural Science in the Brazilian National Common Core Curriculum (BNCC) was created to collaborate with the dissemination of a more diverse, meaningful, and contextualised teaching of Natural Sciences in Brazil.

It was launched by the Centro de Referências em Educação Integral (Reference Centre for Holistic Education) and the British Council.

What does the material offer?

The material offers theoretical and practical references for the consolidation of subsidies to curriculum writing in the area of Natural Sciences and its components, collectively and contextualised in each school network.

Anchored in the BNCC, the Brazilian National Common Core Curriculum, and in the principles of Integral Education, the document was prepared in partnership with the Santos Municipal Education Bureau (Secretaria Municipal de Educação de Santos), in the State of São Paulo.

What is the importance of BNCC?

BNCC offers an opportunity for curricular (re)construction in municipal and state education networks, within the principles of freedom and autonomy of schools and networks, through participatory processes of the school and the local community, which strengthen the democratic exercise at school and ensure the relevance of the curriculum to the territory.

What is the proposal of the Pathways for Natural Science in the BNCC publication?

The proposal is that teachers and managers investigate the projects already created in the school in order to recognize and value the good practices, review and re-elaborate the curricular matrix, political-pedagogical projects, and teaching plans and strategies, to collectively improve school pedagogical processes.

What is expected from the publication is that these principles will support managers and educators in a collective effort to build curriculum management modes and pedagogical actions, in line with the commitment to guarantee the learning and integral development of everyone, as well as a teaching Natural Sciences relevant to the performance of the individual in the construction of a more just, democratic and inclusive society.