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What Science looks like at Holmer C of E Academy


What a science lesson looks like in our school:

  • A variety of activities to engage children about the world around them
  • Investigations/practical exploration with the children being able to plan, record, carry out and conclude their learning
  • Opportunities to work individually, in pairs or groups


This is how it works:

  • Each term a different aspect of science is taught with the focus on either Biology, Chemistry or Physics
  • It may be taught as discrete lessons or as a block unit of work which may link with the term’s topic


This is our philosophy:

  • Learning through exploration and investigation
  • Using the children’s understanding as a starting point
  • Making links to the world around us


This is what we do:

  • Knowledge and understanding taught in blocks of work with a new topic each term
  • Where possible links made with other subjects to enrich learning
  • Opportunities each term for children to develop their investigative skills focusing on a different aspect of enquiry each term
  • Incorporate the use of technology where appropriate


This is what you might typically see:

  • Engaged learners
  • Open and closed questioning
  • Children posing their own questions and hypothesis for investigation
  • Paired/group work
  • Varied activities
  • Practical investigations
  • Children discussing, reflecting and sharing their learning


This is how we know how well our pupils are doing:

  • Marking and feedback
  • Formative assessment through questioning during lessons and investigations
  • Observations of children during investigation and exploration
  • Photographic/video evidence
  • Assessment tracked at the end of each block of work


This is the impact of teaching:

  • Confident children who can talk about their science lessons and discoveries they’ve made
  • Children are able to use and explain the meaning of scientific vocabulary
  • Children who are prepared to take risks
  • Children who enjoy Science lessons