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Teaching & Learning



The science curriculum at High Hazels Academy provides children with a coherent, substantive knowledge of the scientific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Our intent is that we provide children with-

·         a secure, deep understanding of the nature, processes and principles of science through clear instruction and deliberate practice. 

·         an ability to apply long-term knowledge to make predictions and connections between disciplines, and recognise the uses and implications of science in the wider world. 

·         a gradual understanding of ‘vertical concepts’ in biology, chemistry and physics. 

Also, we intend to embed core disciplinary knowledge, and the ability to systematically approach challenging, scientifically-valid questions through: 

·         Scientific Attitudes & Planning, asking scientifically relevant scientific questions and designing controlled investigations. 

·         Measuring & Observing, learning how to use scientific apparatus like rulers and thermometers, and making systematic observations. 

·         Recording & Presenting, setting up data collection tables and presenting this data in a variety of charts and graphs. 

·         Analysing & Evaluating, interpreting and analysing findings; drawing conclusions and evaluating the reliability of investigations. 

Finally, our aim is to generate excitement for science, that inspires children with a curiosity about natural phenomena and the world around them.



To achieve this, teachers plan the following:   

  • A knowledge organiser which outlines knowledge (substantive and disciplinary) which children will be taught by the end of the unit. Key vocabulary and concepts are included for children to refer to throughout their learning.
  • A sequence of learning which follows the Rosenshine Principles of Instruction.
  • A cycle of lessons for each unit, which carefully plans for progression and depth. 
  • Low stakes quizzes which are used regularly to support learners’ ability to retrieve and recall knowledge and increase space in the working memory.
  • Trips and visits from experts who will enhance the learning experience.


Our Science Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:  

▪ A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes.

▪ Tracking of knowledge in pre and post learning quizzes.

▪ Pupil discussions about their learning.  

 Our science curriculum is also planned in a way which promotes the cultural capital of all our children. We enhance our curriculum with the most disadvantaged in mind by organising STEM based trips and visits, providing STEM based clubs and celebrating BSW and national events which focus on the wider world and promote careers in science.

Science long term plan

Science whole school progression map


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