Science Curriculum - Statement of Intent

At Holystone, we believe that Science stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It links ideas and knowledge with direct practical experience and can engage learners at many levels. Scientific method develops and supports inquiry through experimentation and practical investigations. It develops creativity in thought and analysis in practice.

In studying Science, underpinned by our Core Values of Resilience, Respect, Independence and Community, we aim to allow our pupils to gain an understanding about how ideas contribute to scientific change – impacting on industry, business and medicine and improving the quality of life. They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own lives, and the future of the world. We aim to achieve this by:

  • Engaging pupils as learners at many levels through linking ideas with practical experience;
  • Stimulating and excitng pupils’ curiosity about changes and events in the world and to enable them to satisfy this curiosity with understanding.
  • Linking pupils’ understanding with scientific thought and thus develop a greater understanding of the world in which we live and their responsibility to ensure its sustainability
  • Working with real life scientists, other supporting agencies and other schools to share good practice and develop our Science curriculum further.

 The Holystone Science Curriculum has the following objectives, which we beleive link very closely to our under-pinning School Core Values: 

  • To help pupils develop, model and evaluate experiments using critical and creative thought.
  • To develop pupils’ questioning and analytical skills.
  • To develop pupils’ understanding of how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change and how this impacts on improving the quality of our everyday lives.
  • To provide a rich and varied science curriculum that will stimulate and interest all pupils.
  • To ensure teaching styles and methods in science vary to suit the type of learning and the pupils’ differing learning styles and abilities.
  • To provide appropriate and sufficient scientific resources for all pupils that will support effective learning and teaching.
  • To develop a variety of other skills, including those of enquiry, problem solving, ICT, investigation and different means of presentation in a cross-curricular way.