Science

Primary National Curriculum 2014: Science

“A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, children should be encouraged to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.”

Science at Hollington

At Hollington Primary Academy, our children are provided with a wide range of first-hand learning experiences and hands-on enquiries that get them engaged and excited about science. We follow a broad and balanced progressive programme of study, which makes links to our locality, the wider world and the practical applications of the learning whenever possible. Through science our children learn a broad range of knowledge, attitudes and methods of working.

Science in Early Years
In Early Years at Hollington Primary Academy, children's science is planned around the interests of the children where possible. Staff work on developing their knowledge of observation, prediction, critical thinking and discussion. Together they conduct a variety of experiments exploring different methods of discovery, led by the children, their desires and their interests.  In EYFS staff enable the children to start to develop scientific knowledge that they can build upon throughout their primary years.

Science in Key Stage 1
In Key Stage 1 at Hollington Primary Academy, children explore the range of scientific enquiry skills in a more structured way, through the programmes of study identified in the National Curriculum. Where possible, these areas include links and connections with aspects of the children’s lives. This will ensure that meaningful connections can be made and science becomes something that is accessible and relevant to everyone. Children will experience hands on learning enabling them to explore for themselves and build upon their inquisitive nature. There are opportunities built into our curriculum which allow for independent thinking, questioning and investigation.

Science in Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2 at Hollington Primary Academy children will continue to explore the range of scientific enquiry skills through the programmes of study identified in the National Curriculum. Where possible, these concepts will continue to include links and connections with aspects of the children's lives. This will ensure that meaningful connections can be made and science becomes something that is accessible and relevant to everyone. Links to careers which involve science will be discussed and explored with the children too to deepen the understanding of science in the wider community. Children will experience hands on learning enabling them to explore for themselves and build upon their inquisitive nature. There are opportunities built into our curriculum which allow for independent thinking, questioning and investigation which, as the children's progress through Key Stage 2, will become more frequent.

The impact of our Science curriculum is that, by the end of Key Stage 2, all of our children will possess, in depth, the knowledge that enable them to carry out all five types of enquiry, choosing the most appropriate for the task in all topics across biology, chemistry and physics. Our children will develop a strong understanding of how the scientific knowledge and skills they have built link to real life scenarios and how they can be applied in different career paths as well as in their everyday lives. Overall, our children possess a strong curiosity about the world around us; a respect and understanding of how science helps and affects us; and the ability to ask, and answer, big questions about the wider world and how it works. They have enquiring minds that allow them to be critical thinkers who 'Think Big!'