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Science Curriculum Overview

Four basic elements run through our whole curriculum. Through our curriculum we foster wisdom, hope, cooperation and dignity to enable every child to flourish in the fullness of life. 

 

We really enjoy our Science lessons at Holmer! It is an area within the curriculum that enables the children at our school to have hands on experiences and to work with a range of scientific equipment. The children at Holmer take part in one Science lesson each week and complete at least two practical sessions each half term. Science lessons at Holmer encourage children to work both independently and as a part of a team and enables them to learn about the world around them. In KS1, we enjoy going outside as much as possible during our Science lessons so that the children get to see first-hand and can witness the changes in the seasons and understand how flowers grow and in which seasons they develop the most. In KS2, independent thought during experiments is key as the children are given the chance to create their own experiments and decide on their own variables. As a school, we aim to ensure that our philosophy for science will cater for all children’s needs by:

 

•    learning through exploration and investigation;
•    using the children’s understanding as a starting point;
•    making links to the world around us;
•    modelling of scientific skills and techniques;
•    promoting the use of the scientific method when needed to extend learning;
•    ensuring cross-curricular links are made where possible, linking science back to the real world. 

Science Intent Implementation Impact

All lessons are differentiated. This means teachers plan activities that enable the objective to be learned by all children including those who will find the objective challenging, those children who with hard work will secure good progress and those children who can tackle extra stretch and challenge in this subject.
The following is a guide to help you understand your child’s progression through school. The science curriculum can be broken down further into the following areas:

If you want to learn more about Science, and you love reading, why not try our recommended reads?

Learning through song!

EYFS and KS1 - Seasons Song

The Seasons Song is a Science song that teaches the seasons of the year. The Seasons Song teaches the Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. Free Teaching Resourc...

KS1 - The Needs of a Plant (song for kids about 5 things plants need to live)

The Needs of a Plant 5 things plants need to stay alive

KS2 - The Eight Planets | Space Song for Kids | Solar System | Planet Song | Science Song | JunyTony

The Space, including our planet Earth and other various planets, is unknown. Let's find out what kind of planets are there, togeth...

STEM

Here are some interesting, child friendly, STEM websites that you could visit to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. 

  • https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/  The main focus of the site is animals- their appearance, behaviours, foods, and habitats. Each page offers further opportunities for your child to expand their knowledge about each creature and the world around them. There are countless videos that round out the site and some that are even entire episodes focusing on the natural world. Some of the more interactive components of the site are the quizzes, and games. The games teach basic principals like coding, geology, planetary systems and more!
  • https://code.org/  Once you enter the website, you can begin coding right away. There’s no need to make an account. The “hour of code tutorials” are a great way for you to explore coding. Some of the activities on this page include making a Dance Party, building worlds on Minecraft, writing a game, programming droids, Scratch and more. A number of the activities may be completed in just 10 minutes.
  • https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/  NASA Space Place is a colourful and fun website that encourages you to “explore Earth and Space!” This is a great source for anyone who is fascinated with Earth and Space. The website allows you to play games, read articles, make related crafts, and explore various activities.
  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z2pfb9q  This website covers a range of topics that we look at in school. It includes educational videos, fun Science facts and games for you to play. 
Direct links to recommended STEM Websites listed above:

Science at home!

 

Visit the following websites that will lead you to some amazing Science experiments that you can complete at home using equipment you can get from the supermarket!

 

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