Subject Leader: Mr N Colbourne

Vision / Intent:

At Holywell School, we believe a high-quality Science education provides children with 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. The vision of our Science department is to make learning fun, active, and thought-provoking. We deliver practically-driven lessons that challenge, enthuse and engage all students. Scientific investigation is at the heart of our approach to teaching and learning. Above all, Science is to be enjoyed.

All students will be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. We want our students to attain the highest standards, achieve personal success and become future scientists. To this end, we take full advantage of the excellent laboratories, resources and facilities we have. Furthermore, all Science teachers are specialists with a proven passion for their subject.

Our Science curriculum aims to:

  1. Inspire and excite children about science.
  2. Stimulate curiosity, awareness, and inquiry.
  3. Challenge, enthuse and engage students with investigation.
  4. Provide opportunities for collaboration and independent work.
  5. Empower a scientific dimension to thinking.

Approach / Philosophy:

Our curriculum has been designed to create the best opportunities to learn and understand science covering the required sections of the National Curriculum and beyond. We want to prepare our students so when they’re challenged with something they’ve never seen before, they choose to think, not just remember.

We have set out our curriculum as a ‘learning journey’. A spiraling, yet ever-evolving curriculum where ideas and skills are consistently revisited and logically linked. Careful consideration of the fundamental threshold concepts determines what we teach and when we teach it. Connections between topics and subjects are designed to ensure students have a broader understanding of the content being studied, helping them to make progress. This approach enables effective collaboration within the department and, where appropriate, ensuring cross-curricular links are drawn upon, and reinforced. 

Science across all year groups is taught in mixed ability form groups. The students have two lessons of science per week in KS2 and 3 lessons per week in KS3. This enables us to deliver a stimulating topic-based curriculum that balances practical experience and theory. We are fortunate in having an experienced team of teachers who provide the opportunity for all students to learn in many different ways.

A key aspect of studying science is working scientifically. This permeates our curriculum design and we hope to instill a passion for the subject, encouraging children to question and explore, whilst developing the key skills that form the basis for success: Planning, designing, experimentation, analysing, concluding and evaluating. Articulating findings both verbally and on paper, applying knowledge and the acquisition of scientific language are all key to success. As a result of our approach, we aim to prepare our students for the challenges of the future; their transition to upper school; and to be ready to study sciences up to and beyond GCSE.

Our curriculum is broad and balanced. To aid pupils’ learning we have a wide range of scientific practical resources, a bank of IPADS and well stocked laboratories used daily by our dedicated team. We plan educational visits to places such as the Big Bang Fair and Nissan R&D facilities and are always on the lookout for new opportunities and places to visit that will enhance and support our curriculum.

Department Members

  • Mr N Colbourne   Science Subject Leader
  • Mr C Smith            Science Teacher
  • Ms E Stephens      Science Teacher
  • Mrs J Austin         Science Teacher
  • Mr R Johns           Science Teacher
  • Mrs L Day             Practical Technician

Topic Overviews 2021-22:

Year 5

·         Introduction to Middle School Science

·         Properties and changes of materials

·         Changes of state

·         The water cycle

·         Earth and Space

·         Forces

·         Life processes

·         Plant life cycles

Year 6

·         Properties and changes of materials

·         Animals including humans

·         Keeping healthy

·         Electricity.

·         Light.

·         Evolution and inheritance

·         Adaptation

·         Animal lifecycles

Year 7

·         Cells

·         Reproduction

·         Sound and Waves

·         Light

·         Elements, atoms and compounds

·         The Periodic table

·         Energy

·         Forces

Year 8

·         Reactions

·         Reactions of metals

·         Health and lifestyle

·         Structure & function of the body

·         Acids & alkalis

·         Separation techniques

·         Adaptation and inheritance

·         Electricity & magnetism