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    Science - Intent, Implementation and Impact

    In science at Sacred Heart Science we intend to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them while acquiring skills and knowledge to think scientifically. In doing so, to deliver the expectations of the national curriculum, while upholding our school’s science principles.


    This is summarised in eight key principles:

    • Science is fun
    • Children enjoy and therefore remember more of their lessons
    • Science is enquiring – it involves asking questions and finding answers
    • Science is challenging – pupil’s prior levels are identified and learning is appropriately set
    • Science is practical. Resources are used where appropriate
    • Science involves taking risks
    • Science is enjoyed by everyone
    • Science builds on prior knowledge.

    Sacred Heart Principles 2023

    This intent is delivered through strict adherence to the national curriculum guidelines for what to be taught the designated Year groups. Each unit is planned with our Sacred Heart Science Principles in mind, focusing on delivering quality science lessons that pupils will enjoy. These principles are part of the PSQM (Primary Science Quality Mark) work, which will hopefully  see the school renew the prestigious award. During each unit, children will also learn about a prominent scientist. This year we have endeavoured to make sure there is a diverse range of scientists from all communities and in particular focusing on the contribution to science from scientist from a BAME background such as George Washington Carver,  Mae C Jemison and Katherine Johnson. 

    Initiatives such as the Primary Science Quality Mark has raised the profile of science at Sacred Heart and has led to a steady improvement in children’s outcomes in science, particularly those children working at greater depth.

    We are also constantly looking to extend science beyond the classroom, using Google Classrooms to extend home learning and trying to think of creative ways to use the space we have at school. As part of British Science Week, we asked children to partake in some home science experiments. Here is one example. If you have any ideas, you would be will to share please don’t hesitate to contact me at:

    Professor Aria

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    As part of British Science Week, Aria Cowie (Year 1) has created this documentary on Piranha fish. Well done Professor Aria.