Science stimulates pupil’s curiosity, develops their sense of enquiry and their understanding of the world around them. At Holy Family, children learn to work as scientists, planning and undertaking practical investigations on their own and with others.
In Key Stage 1 and 2 the science curriculum is taught through cross curricular topics and specific science lessons. Science planning ensures that the essential skills are met within each phase and that there is clear progression.
Wherever possible, links are made between other subject areas including literacy, maths, ICT and Geography. The relevant essential science skills are covered through the topic areas taught. In Key Stage 1 pupils begin to explore, collect and evaluate evidence and communicate their findings through the use of scientific language, drawings, charts and photographs. At Key Stage 2 pupils plan and carry out their own investigations and apply their scientific knowledge to problems and discuss the most appropriate way to communicate their ideas.
Forest School lessons enhance the pupil’s learning within science, providing exciting, creative and thought-provoking hands-on experiences.
“In the Forest, for our topic ‘Darwins Delights', we disected owl pelettes, which we discovered are regurgitated bones and fur of other organisms that owls can’t digest. Another activity was to match up 200 year old large-scale bones of cows and horses and compare them. Finally, we built our own fire using flint and steel and learnt about the way the energy is created. It was such an exciting lesson.”
Kate, Year 6.
Year 3 were learning about Predators and invited in a host of exotic animals.
“The snake can eat something that is six times as big as its head. I also learnt that some Tarantulas have bee venom. I got to hold a Tarantula and it felt very tickly.” Laith
“The Bull Frog makes himself big and ugly to frighten off predators. They live in Africa. It does not get eaten by predators because it camouflages. It caught and ate a small insect right in front of us! It could not see the insect but knew where it was because it could hear it and then it caught the insect with its tongue.” Roisin
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