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The Intent of our Science Curriculum



Our high-quality, knowledge-based 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.

Our curriculum aims to give purposeful learning opportunities that build on children’s prior learning. Children should be taught through enquiry based learning, where they are given time to investigate, prove and justify theories and reasons.

Science links in with other school intents; working independently and collaboratively and trying new experiences.



Year 2- Living things and their habitats

Our current Ark topic in Science is Living things and their habitats. To deepen our understanding, we chose to explore the school grounds and see if we could find any plants or habitats. We discovered plenty of plants and then discussed if they were alive, dead or had never lived, we learnt about this in lesson 2 of our Science topic. Year 2 really enjoyed exploring habitats and discussing which animals may live there. 

Understanding the World - The Natural World

Children in FS2 have been observing and interacting with natural processes. Thay have used magnets to attract objects.




Year 6- Light and Perception

In Year 6 Science, we explored Light and perception learning about how we see, how light reflects, how light moves, what colour light is, understanding light pollution and completing two investigations involving torches, mirrors and shadows!

Year 5- Earth and Space

The children in year 5 have enjoyed learning about the topic Earth and Space.

From identifying the planets and how they orbit the Sun, to debating the theories about the workings of the universe, the children were able to describe their learning and use the key vocabulary throughout their work.

Take a look at their wonderful work below!

Year 4 - Electricity

This week in Year 4, the children have been finishing their Science topic of electricity. This week, the children have been investigating what materials are conductors and which are insulators of electricity. The children have had lots of fun making circuits this half term and investigating different ideas. 

In Year 4, the children have been very busy in Science! We have started our new topic this half term which is Electricity. In our first lesson, the children looked at what Electricity is, worked in teams to write safety rules when using electricity and worked together to put different appliances in the correct columns (electric appliance - mains powered, electric appliance - battery powered and non-electric appliance). In the children's second lesson they explored how to create different circuits, they worked so well together and used their problem solving skills. In the third lesson, the children have investigated how to make a lamp light up in different ways. The children have loved their science lessons so far and they are looking forward to carrying on with this topic! 

Investigating Shadows

FS2 children were intriged by their shadows in the play ground. This was used as a basis for thinking about shadows and asking and answering questions; What makes a shadow interesting? What is a shadow and what do shadows tell us? How does this link to night and day? Children played lots of different games.

Upon their return to the class room a child asked, "Why don't we have shadows in the classroom?" We then explored shadows using a lamp and objects and made comparisions.

In FS1 during out Understanding the World session, we enjoyed exploring shadows. We used our mark making skills to trace around each others shadows, we also had a lot of fun using our gross motor skills to run away from our shadows.

Y3 - Investigation

Year 4 - Sound

In Year 4, the children have started learning about Sound. In today's lesson, the children were learning about what Sound is. The children completed some excellent work in their books and in groups, they went around the school to investigate different sounds in different areas. For example, outside the classroom, the hall and the playground. 

Year 2 - Plants and Growth

Year 2, have started their new science topic- plants and growth. They have used the pre-topic quiz to see what they can remember about the topic. They have also spent time reading their knowledge organiser, where we looked at familiar and unfamiliar vocabulary. We have then placed vocabulary in tier 2 and tier 3. 

Year 3 - Light & Shadows

Year 5- Life Cycles

Our new topic for science this term is all about life cycles. We really enjoyed our first lesson learning about the different life cycles of vertebrates. Take a look below at our amazing work!

Y5 Science investigation

Y5 have investigated what happens when something dissolves. They really enjoyed looking at which materials are soluble and which are insoluble. 

Y5 Science investigation

Y5 have investigated conductivity by finding out which material would make the best teapot. They represented their findings using a line graph. 

Year 6 - Evolution and Inheritance

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Year 2 - Living things and their habitats

In Year 2, we have been studying 'living things and their habitats'. We have observed how the habitat has changed over time. 

The children in Nursery enjoyed exploring the Natural World in our outdoor environment. The children collected different materials such as sticks and leaves to make their own "nature" bracelets.

In Nursery, we have been learning about freezing and melting. We froze plastic insects and put them in the water to see how quickly they would melt.

Science Learning Autumn End 2021

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Here are some lovely examples of Science learning at Holy Family. We encourage creativity, trying new experiences and opportunities to work independently or collaboratively.

We are Scientists!

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At Holy Family we are all Scientists and we enjoy exploring and investigating the world around us.
Here are some examples of us 'Working Scientifically and Investigating'

Science in Nursery

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It was lovely to see Nursery enjoying Science- Understanding the World. They were able to design a raft and then test objects sinking or floating. It was important the children spoke to one another and shared their thoughts and ideas. What a lovely way to 'experiment' and showcasing such a lot of learning too! Well done

Reception children had a problem! They didn't want the Three Billy Goats Gruff to trip trap over the bridge and face the Troll, but they did want them to eat the green grass in the lush meadow. How would they help the goats get across the river?? They designed a raft and made predictions as to whether their raft would float or sink. They then made a raft and tested the raft to see if their predictions were correct. They then changed their design to make sure it would support the weight of the goats. All goats made it successfully into the meadow, well done Reception!

Science in Year One!

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Year One enjoyed investigating and testing which objects would sink or float. This linked lovely to our topic Ahoy There! We designed boats, predicted whether they would sink or float, tested our theory and then discussed what we would change if we repeated the experiment.

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.

EYFS Science Display