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The Intent of our Science Curriculum at Holy Family 

 

Intent: 

Our high-quality science education at Holy Family Catholic Primary School aims to provide all learners with the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, physics and chemistry, as well as develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena within every pupil.

 

Implementation:

The teaching of Science at Holy Family Catholic Primary School focuses on expanding children’s knowledge, encouraging them to ask questions, use and understand new vocabulary and acquire the scientific skills they need to carry out investigations safely by using the correct equipment.

Science is taught consistently as a stand-alone subject for two hours per week. One hour focuses on following the LTP using objectives which can be found in the National Curriculum. One hour per week focuses on the objective ‘working scientifically’ enabling children to investigate and celebrate experiments. All teachers are responsible for planning their own science lessons which cover the programs of study for the National Curriculum 2014 and Understanding the World in the Early Years. A progression grid is in place to ensure that science is taught in a systematic and progressive way. 

All classes have an interactive learning wall where science vocabulary, children’s work and questions to further children’s knowledge can be found. Information is also displayed and shared with children in the form of a knowledge organiser. These are to support children in learning current themes and objectives, whilst also reminding them of prior knowledge.

 

Impact:

 

  • Children will achieve age related expectation in science for the end of their cohort year. This will be moderated and examples of WT, EXP and GDS will be shared.
  • Gain a wider variety of skills linked to both scientific knowledge and understanding, and scientific enquiry/investigative skills.
  • Have a richer vocabulary which will enable children to articulate their understanding of taught concepts.
  • Have high aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life.
  • Have a general knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics which will allow them to make sense of the world around them. Hence enabling them to take on further learning and acquire new skills.
  • Become ‘scientists’ with a love and understanding of science.

 

 

 

Year Two materials- Changing shape experiment

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For our Science topic, materials, we found different materials to observe to see if they could change shape. We used sponges, paper towels, wool, fabric, elastic bands, metal spoons and wooden and plastic pegs. The children squashed, bent, stretched and twisted the different objects to see if they can easily change shape. We wrote down our observations and at the end of the lesson we reflected on which materials can change shape and which are harder to change.

Science Displays at Holy Family Autumn Term 1

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Each and every classroom has a Science display showcasing the work of our pupils. Displays are changed as and when topics change. Key vocabulary, some of which can be found on the skills progression documents, is added to throughout the topic and can be seen within children's work.
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