At Holy Family Primary School we believe that children should have a developing interest in God's wonderful world.
For primary children, science is an introduction to the world of living things, materials and physical processes. It develops a spirit of enquiry and excitement by encouraging curiosity and reason. Children should be aware of ways in which science has changed our lives and the possibilities for the future.
At Holy Family our aims in teaching science are that all pupils:
- Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
- Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
- Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
Our science curriculum is carefully planned in accordance with the programme of study set out in the National Curriculum and builds children's knowledge progressively year by year. We share science learning objectives with the children in individual lessons. Each class has a Science display with key vocabulary linked to the term's topic along with examples of work and material to support learning.
Please look at the individual class pages to find out exactly what each group is covering in science in the current term.
Children will be given opportunities to
- Develop their understanding of the scientific process through systematic enquiry, using both first hand and secondary sources as appropriate.
- Relate their work in science to everyday life.
- Consider simple scientific ideas and the evidence for them, also to collect evidence to test scientific ideas in a variety of ways.
- Communicate scientific ideas and observations using appropriate scientific vocabulary.
- Present information in a variety of ways including drawings, diagrams, tables and in speech and writing; at KS2 children should also use standard units of measurements and include graphs to record and present information.
- Consider health and safety in the context of their science work and take action to control risks.
- Increase their scientific understanding by using practical, problem solving and investigational work including the key skills of: observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating
- Ask and answer their own questions as far as possible.
Whole School Science Key Vocabulary