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Emmanuel Holcombe Science vision


  • To prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world. 

  • To foster care and concern for our environment. 

  • To help our children acquire a growing understanding of scientific ideas. 

  • To help develop and extend our children’s knowledge of scientific concepts. 




The Emmanuel Holcombe curriculum is shaped by the school vision to enable all children, regardless of background, ability or additional needs to flourish and live life to the full. Our Science curriculum has been designed in line with the National Curriculum (2014), to produce clear skills and knowledge progression.  At Emmanuel Holcombe we believe that: 


  • Science should be taught in an imaginative, purposeful, well managed, safe and enjoyable way. 

  • Teachers should give clear and accurate instructions and use skilful questioning. 

  • Links should be made with other subjects.  E.g. PE, Maths, etc. 

  • The children should be given time to study the main areas of the science curriculum.   

  • They should be given opportunities for practical investigations and enquiries. 

  • Teaching should occur both in and outdoors.  

The teaching of science will be carried out using a two-year cycle (See Science Curriculum Overview).  Each block the children will be given a topic to study e.g. Animals including Humans.  Each topic will include an area of scientific enquiry to focus on. 


Science sessions will be taught in a block, where each science lesson follows on from the learning of the previous day.  It would be beneficial for all classes to have a Science display in their classroom, this will allow the children to be immersed in the language as often as possible.    


In addition to the knowledge and understanding aspects of the national curriculum the children should also be taught the skills of scientific enquiry.  It is expected that at least one practical investigation will take place every half term.  Children need to be given the opportunity to experience each form of scientific enquiry at least once a year.  These are fair tests, observations over time, pattern seeking and sorting and classifying. 


Links should be made between Science and other subjects wherever appropriate and references to the world around us should be made where possible.   




Our Science curriculum will ensure all pupils develop key knowledge and practical enquiry skills, as set out by the national curriculum. 

 These are as follows: 


  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics  

  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them  

  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. 

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