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Science

What makes a good scientist at Holy Cross?

A curiosity about the world around them, an ability to think independently and answer their own scientific questions. With an enquiring mind, they can make predictions and test them, and have the knowledge of how to carry out an investigation.

 

Our Vision for Science

At Holy Cross our vision for science is that all pupils will develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Children will develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them answer scientific questions about the world around them.  Our pupils will be well equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. 

 

Our aims in teaching science include:

  • building on children’s natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problems
  • encouraging open-mindedness, self-criticism, perseverance and responsibility
  • preparing children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world
  • fostering concern about, and appreciation of, our environment
  • building children’s self-confidence to enable them to work independently and developing their social skills to work co-operatively with others
  • helping children to acquire a progressive understanding of scientific ideas
  • giving children the experience of scientific processes
  • helping children to acquire practical science skills
  • providing children with an enjoyable experience of science, so that they will develop a deep and lasting interest and be motivated to study science further

Subject Intent: 

Provide the opportunity for all children to have the skills required to be a scientist and to work scientifically

Encourage children to develop a curiosity and interest in science

Allow children to critically engage with science, providing opportunities to think independently, question, investigate and discover

Allow children to develop their skills in problem solving

Enable children to find links between scientific technologies

Enable children to understand the history of science and the impact of scientists and their scientific discoveries on our world

Widen children’s knowledge and use of scientific vocabulary

Enable children to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics

Equip children with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future

Enable children to develop an 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 

Subject Implementation:

Follow a clearly sequenced and progressive program of study based on the National Curriculum objectives.

Read, spell and pronounce scientific vocabulary accurately

Apply mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data

Seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data

Science and scientific discovery are valued and links are made with children’s personal experiences

High quality teaching that is appropriately pitched to individual children

Work scientifically by: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources

Enrichment opportunities such as visitors to school who demonstrate scientific concepts through motivating activities (When it is safe to do so)

Building cultural capital of all individuals through visits to places of scientific interest and discovery (when it is safe to do so)

Subject Impact

Children make links between science and the Christian values of Holy Cross

Children develop a range of scientific skills: think independently, raise questions about working scientifically, carry out scientific investigations, use written and verbal explanations, solve challenging problems, report scientific findings, undertake practical work, find links between scientific technologies, use scientific vocabulary

Outcomes at the end of each Key Stage are in line or above National statistics and progress in science is evident

Children have an understanding of the history of scientific discovery and significant scientists, and how they have made an impact on our world.  Each class has their own class scientist to further their understanding of important science figures

Children read, spell and pronounce scientific vocabulary accurately

Children enjoy science lessons and are confident to demonstrate and discuss their learning with others

Children demonstrate a love or appreciation of science and talk confidently about a range of scientists and scientific discoveries

Children are prepared for the next stage of their scientific learning

Children confidently apply their scientific knowledge to other areas of learning as well as to the world around them

Children demonstrate a love or appreciation of science and talk confidently about a range of scientists and scientific discoveries

Children are prepared for the next stage of their scientific learning

Children confidently apply their scientific knowledge to other areas of learning as well as to the world around them

 

 

Science Domains

 

  • Observation over time
  • Pattern seeking
  • Identifying, classifying and grouping
  • Comparative and fair testing
  • Research using secondary sources

 

All of these domains are taught throughout the year to enable students to gain a range of scientific enquiry skills.

 

Science links and games

KS1 Science: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z6svr82

KS2 Science: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z2pfb9q

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=26

https://wowscience.co.uk/

 
 

Science National Curriculum

 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study

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