Our intention when planning and delivering the science curriculum at Holy Family and St Michael’s is to foster and develop our pupils’ curiosity in the subject, whilst also helping them to fulfil their potential. We aim to prepare our pupils for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world. Science is particularly important for the children at Holy Family and St Michael’s because many children have limited experiences provided at home, therefore we need to provide these experiences at school. We intend learning in science to be through systematic investigations of the physical, chemical and biological aspects of their lives that rely mainly on first hand experiences, leading to them being equipped to answer scientific questions about the world around them. It is our intention that, through investigative science, pupils at Holy Family and St Michael’s will continue to deepen their respect for the natural world and all its phenomena and increase their care and appreciation of it.
- In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in science, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school.
- Science lessons should take place at least once a week (twice if possible).
- All children’s work should include clear LO at the top of a page linked to the NC 2014.
- Clear and consistent coverage of the working scientifically objectives should be evident in books.
- PlanBee planning and resources should be used.
- At least one investigation should take place each half term.
The successful approach at Holy Family and St Michael’s results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world. So much of science lends itself to outdoor learning and so we provide children with opportunities to experience this. Through various workshops, trips and assemblies, children have the understanding that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Children learn the possibilities for careers in science as a result of our teaching and connection with national agencies such as the STEM association. Pupil voice is used to further develop the Science curriculum, through questioning of pupil’s views and attitudes to Science to support the children’s enjoyment of science and to motivate learners.
Science Curriculum Overview