At Hollickwood, we believe that all children must be given opportunities and experiences that help widen their knowledge and understanding while developing an inquisitive nature. Our curriculum helps nurture our children into the best scientist they can be.
Our Science curriculum does not only teach our children the facts of Science but nurtures an in-depth understanding of the world around them. It promotes an understanding of how major scientific ideas have played a vital role in society, to prepare them for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world. The curriculum, develops the natural curiosity of every child, encourages respect for living organisms and the physical environment, and provides opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence throughout.
At Hollickwood we adhere to the National Curriculum for Science and welcome opportunities to teach a broad and balanced programme that takes account of abilities, aptitudes and physical, emotional and intellectual development. Children develop the following Scientific skills as they progress through the school:
- Planning and Predicting
- Investigating and Observing
- Recording, Analysing and Evaluating
Our Curriculum Intent, which takes into account the school, local, national and global needs, is embedded throughout our Science curriculum:
Experiences and Opportunities
Our science curriculum offers enriching, practical and purposeful real-life learning opportunities, we aim to provide children with an exciting, meaningful, and memorable experience that supports and develops knowledge and understanding of key scientific concepts, information, and vocabulary as well as the application of scientific skills.
We insure all children have equal access to the Science curriculum and a high quality, coherent and progressive experience of Science. Learning ability, physical ability, linguistic ability, gender, ethnicity and/or cultural circumstances will not impede pupils from accessing Science lessons.
Hollickwood is committed to teaching our children to respect, accept and celebrate the diversity and difference that exists in our society. Our ethos, culture and curriculum reflects these communities and is proactive in promoting belonging and community accountability.
Our enquiry based curriculum encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills, and positive attitudes combined. A language-rich curriculum is a necessity for our school if we are to open doors and bridge the gaps for the children’s futures. We, therefore, place a high focus on developing the children’s technical vocabulary and spoken skills using explicit teaching of scientific vocabulary. Partnered with working scientifically skills, which are built on and developed throughout children’s time at Hollickwood. Children can apply their knowledge of science to understanding the world around them in their daily lives, when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments, and explaining concepts confidently. It allows them to continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings confidently and independently. Such skills are vital in ensuring children are prepared for their future.
Mental Health and Well-being
Science is taught via an explorative learning approach. Children are encouraged and empowered to discover key learning for themselves through hands-on enquiry, with the intention of building self-confidence, self- esteem, and a sense of achievement. We are committed to developing environmental responsibility by supporting We aim to promote pupils’ individual environmental responsibility so they can feel optimistic that the impact their choices have on the environment and world, while being morally responsible for their actions. Being socially responsible children allows the children to feel proud of their individual contributions within their own communities and beyond.