Science at Holy Family Catholic Primary School
At Holy Family, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life.
As one of the core subjects taught in Primary Schools, we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires. We endeavour to ensure that the Science curriculum we provide will give children the confidence and motivation to continue to further develop their skills into the next stage of their education and beyond.
Our curriculum will develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence. In conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our Science teaching offers opportunities for children to develop scientific knowledge, enquiry skills and conceptual understanding.
Following the Kent Science Scheme of Work, science is taught in sequential topic blocks. This is a strategy to enable the achievement of a greater depth of knowledge as learners progress through the school.
Through our planning, we involve problem solving opportunities that encourage children to find answers for themselves. They are encouraged to ask their own questions and are given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers.
Teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills, and assess children regularly to identify those children with gaps in learning, so that all can achieve to their fullest potential.
We build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, and they become more proficient in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.
‘Working Scientifically’ skills are embedded into lessons to ensure that these skills are being developed throughout the children’s school career and new vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching.
Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment and the associated skills in order to embed scientific understanding. Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning and workshops with experts as frequently as possible.
Children learn of the possibilities for careers in science as a result of our community links 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.