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“Science is simply common sense at its best” -Thomas Huxley


At Holywell, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. It is our intent to deliver a curriculum where pupils are always ready to question the world around them in a respectful, responsible and resilient way. To achieve this, we will provide opportunities for children to engage with, advance, take ownership of and communicate their learning through enquiry-led and enquiry-based sessions.


We have defined the key characteristics of Science at Holywell as

  • The ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that it brings.
  • Confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations. 
  • Excellent scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.
  • High levels of originality, imagination or innovation in the application of skills.
  • The ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork.
  • A passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies.

Our vision for Science

Throughout the school, children learn to develop their Scientific knowledge and the understanding of new concepts through explicit teaching of knowledge concepts, the use of enquiry-led (led by a question) and enquiry-based (using the types of scientific enquiry to investigate a question) learning opportunities. The enquiry based areas cover:




Alongside this, working scientifically skills are built on and developed throughout the children’s time at school which will enable them to undertake science enquiries with an increased level of independence as they move into Key Stage 2 and beyond. 

Aspirations for The Future


Pupils develop an understanding of how subjects and specific skills are linked to future jobs.

Here are some of the jobs pupils could aspire to do in the future as a Scientist:

  • Aquatic vet
  • Astronaut
  • Animal researcher
  • Marine biologist
  • Helicopter mission control
  • Weather presenter