Subject Statement of Intent – Science
At Holy Rosary, we value Science as an important part of children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. We believe that high quality, well planned lessons will ignite a curiosity to learn about the world. Science is a systematic investigation of the physical, chemical and biological aspects of the world which relies on first hand experiences and on other sources of information. The scientific process and pupils’ problem-solving activities will be used to deepen their understanding of the concepts involved. Through science, children will continue to deepen their respect, care and appreciation for the natural world and all its phenomena.
The Science curriculum at Holy Rosary aims to enable all children to develop the knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
We aim to develop:
- Scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
- 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;
- Scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the
- The essential scientific enquiry skills to deepen their scientific knowledge.
- The use of a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including I.C.T., diagrams, graphs and charts.
- A respect for the materials and equipment they handle with regard to their own, and other children’s safety.
- An enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery.
Science is a core subject and is taught at least once per term in Y1 –Y6. Science is taught weekly by the class teacher, minimum of 45 minutes in Key Stage 1 and an hour in Key Stage 2. In Foundation Stage Science is taught through Knowledge and Understanding of the World. A variety of opportunities for Science learning inside and outside the classroom are provided. During a child’s time at Holy Rosary they will experience, at least, one science based school trip.
The Science curriculum at Holy Rosary is taught using key knowledge which is based on the National Curriculum. Teachers plan lessons for their class using our key knowledge and skills document. This document ensures that the National Curriculum is followed and knowledge and skills are taught progressively from year group to year group. During their learning journey the children will develop their knowledge of physics, chemistry and biology, building on their knowledge and skills as they progress through the school.
Through the teaching of Science, we aim to create a supportive and collaborative ethos of learning by providing investigative and enquiry based learning opportunities. This will provide the children with the skills and knowledge to become confident scientists. With well-planned lessons children will gain confidence with developing scientific knowledge and skills so they can solve problems with increasing sophistication.
Below you will find 4 buttons. These buttons open the key knowledge that is taught in each year group for Science.
EYFS = Nursery and Reception, Key Stage 1 = Year 1 and Year 2, Lower
Key Stage 2 = Year 3 and Year 4, Upper Key Stage 2 = Year5 and Year 6.
The key knowledge is the knowledge that we expect each child to know by the end of the year and retain in the future.
Science key knowledge is organised into the three areas of science: Physics, biology and chemistry.
Below are 6 buttons : Biology, chemistry and Physics. If you click on these buttons you will find the progression maps for these areas. The maps show the different units of work taught throughout the school, showing the progression from Foundation Stage to Year 6. The second map shows the progression of Knowledge in these areas, from Foundation Stage to Year 6.
Assessment for Science is completed throughout the school by class teachers.
In Early Years Foundation Stage, Science is assessed using the Early Learning Goals and Development Matters for Knowledge and Understanding of the World. This is recorded using Tapestry Online Learning Journal and Insight Tracking.
In KS1 and KS2, Science is assessed against key knowledge descriptors for each area of the curriculum. This takes place at the end of units and is recorded using Insight Tracker. Teachers use Twinkl unit assessments to support their teacher assessment.