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Our S48 report is now available to read. We are pleased to inform you that we have been judged as an outstanding Catholic school. Please see the Ofsted page in the Key Information section.
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To develop a strong knowledge and understanding of scientific phenomena, be able to apply their knowledge to a range of scenarios and be able to communicate their understanding of science effectively and to understand the role of science now and what it could be in the future.



  • Topics are blocked to allow children to focus on developing their knowledge and skills, studying each topic in depth.

  • Every year group will build upon the learning from prior year groups therefore developing depth of understanding and progression of skills.

  • Teachers will use documentation to see previously learnt knowledge in order to now what children should already know.

  • Teachers promote enjoyment and foster interest of the scientific disciplines; Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

  • Children explore, question, predict, plan, carry out investigations and observations as well as conclude their findings.

  • Teachers will plan different types of investigation (fair testing, comparative, observation over time, classifying, research and pattern seeking)

  • Children present their findings and learning using science specific language, observations and diagrams.

  •  At the start of each topic children children will participate in an entrance card which will allow teachers to assess starting points and to plan precisely for children's needs.

  • Effective use of education visits and visitors are planned, to enrich and enhance the pupil’s learning experiences within the Science curriculum.

  • Teachers use highly effective assessment for learning in each lesson to ensure misconceptions are highlighted and addressed.

  • Effective modelling by teachers ensures that children are able to achieve their learning intention, with misconceptions addressed within it.

  • Through using a range of assessment tools, differentiation is facilitated by teachers, to ensure that each pupil can access the Science curriculum.

  • At the end of each topic the children will participate in an exit card which will assess the pupils learning over the topic.

  • Cross-curricular links are planned for, where applicable, with other subjects such as Maths, English and Computing.

  • outreach programs are planned for to ensure high aspirations within the STEM field.


The impact of this curriculum design will lead to good progress over time, across key stages, relative to a child’s individual starting point and their progression of skills. Children will therefore be expected to leave Holy Cross reaching at least age related expectations for Science. Through various workshops, trips and interactions with experts our Science curriculum will lead pupils to be enthusiastic Science learners and understand that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. We want to empower our children so they understand they have the capability to change the world. This is evidenced in a range of ways, including pupil voice, their work and their overwhelming enjoyment for science.

What our children say about Science

"I like to try out new experiments" - Robin Year 3 2022

"I really loved doing the hovercraft experiment to test friction" Cairo 2022

"I loved doing all the interesting experiments throughout the years. I remember making an exploding volcano!" - 

Keagan 2022


Science Principles - What makes Good science teaching and learning

Science Policy

How we teach Science at Holy Cross

Science Progression

Science in the Early Years

Science vocabulary progression

Ofsted Science Review and what we do at Holy Cross