We teach Science to develop in children a curiosity about the natural world and a desire to ask and discover the answers to why? what? and how? We want our children to develop a lifelong love of learning and look after the world around them through our school’s concepts: Questioning, planning, collecting and evaluating.

Science is taught through a range of enquiry-based teaching and learning methods, practical activities, out-of-classroom learning, independent and group work, problem solving, and digital technologies. We have a dedicated area in school to promote the love and learning of Science outside of the classroom and to help children make connections between learning as they progress through school.

Outdoor education sessions with Mr Parker (EYFS-Y6) also provide children with further opportunities to question and explore the world around them.

Holy Family – Science Intent:

Intent Science

Holy Family – Science Implementation:

Implementation Science

Holy Family – Science Impact

We assess pupils after each theme with a range of quizzes and questions to determine their knowledge and understanding. We return to this learning regularly throughout the year through our ‘science meetings’. This is to ensure children recall the information regularly to bring it back to their working memories. Teacher assessments are focused on the key learning intentions and these are recorded for the Science Lead to evaluate.

An example of a science meeting can be seen here – Space – Science meeting

An example of our teacher assessment record can be seen here –Year Five – Earth and Space

Science Curriculum maps – 2023/24

Holy Family Science Investigation Progression

Holy Family Science Progression EYFS-Y6

KS1 Science vocabulary progression

KS2 Science vocabulary progression


EYFS: Biology: Exploring the natural world, making observations and understanding processes and changes in the natural world (Community); Seasonal changes observations (community and throughout); Chemistry and Physics: Natural world and contrasting environments (Journey); Chemistry: Properties of everyday materials (festivals).

Year 1: Animals including humans, Use of everyday materials (Community); Seasonal changes (Journeys & throughout); Plants (Festivals).

Year 2: Living things and their habitats, introduce Animals including Humans (Community) ; Use of everyday Materials (Journeys); Plants, Animals including Humans continued (Festivals).

Year 3: Plants& introduce Rocks (Community); Fossils, Animals including humans and Light (Journey); Forces and Magnets (Festivals).

Year 4: Animals including humans & states of matter (Community); Living things and their habitats (Journey); Sound & Electricity (Festivals).

Year 5: Animals including humans & Properties and changes of materials (Community); Earth and Space & Forces (Journeys) and living things and their habitats (Festivals). Revisit Animals including Humans (Festivals).

Year 6: Light & electricity (Community)Evolution and inheritance (Journey); Living things and their habitats, Animals including Humans (Festivals)

We are a Green Tree School!

We have received our Gold Award from the Woodland Trust. The Green Tree Schools Award is awarded for participation in outdoor learning which inspires pupils to look after the world around them. We teach our children to respect the trees, woods and wildlife and take an active role in caring for our planet. Thank you to Mr. Parker for his support and well done to all the children who took part! You are all shining examples.

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