"EQUIPPED WITH HIS FIVE SENSES, MAN EXPLORES THE UNIVERSE AROUND HIM AND CALLS THE ADVENTURE SCIENCE" - EDWIN POWELL HUBBLE
At Langdale we provide an exciting, practical and balanced Science Curriculum for all children. Our science teaching actively encourages children to work both independently and with others in practical ways, developing secure subject knowledge, investigative skills and scientific vocabulary.
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding our world. Science continues to change our lives and is vital to our world’s future prosperity and sustainability; we know all children should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. We aim that, through building up key knowledge and concepts, pupils recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. We learn the skills of explanation, prediction and analysis, hoping that the future scientists, doctors, nurses and Nobel Prize winners start here.
At Langdale, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. As one of the core subjects taught in Primary
School, we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires.
The Scientific area of learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry. It will develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence.
At Langdale, in conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our Science teaching offers opportunities for children to:
The National Curriculum will provide a structure and skill development for the Science curriculum being taught throughout the school, which is now linked, where possible, to the theme topics to provide a creative scheme of work, which reflects a balanced programme of study. At Langdale we follow the Kent Scheme of work.
Children have weekly 1-hour lessons in Science, using various programmes of study and resources. In Early years, Science is taught through the children learning about the world around them in their learning through play. Additional opportunities are provided in Science, such as the British Science Week for children, Science fairs in school and educational visits linked to the Science curriculum.
We endeavour to ensure that the Science curriculum we provide will give children the confidence and motivation to continue to further develop their skills into the next stage of their education and life experiences.
Teachers create a positive attitude to Science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in Science. Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of Science involves the following;
Our successful approach at Langdale results in a fun, engaging, high-quality Science education that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world. Our engagement with the unique local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first hand experiences of the world around them. So much of Science lends itself to outdoor learning and so we provide children with opportunities to experience this. Through various workshops, trips and interactions with experts and local charities, children
have the understanding that Science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity.
Impact is measured through daily formative assessment that informs weekly planning and summative termly Science assessments which test how children have independently applied the Science skills taught. Teachers monitor progress towards National curriculum objectives. Throughout the term, the Senior Leadership Team carry out learning walks, observations, book looks and pupil progress meetings to monitor the quality of teaching and learning across the school. The outcome of these reviews is reflected in actions set out in teachers’ appraisals, the Science Action Plan and as whole school targets shared with staff. Pupil voice is used to further develop the Science curriculum through questioning of pupil’s views and attitudes towards the subject. This motivates the children supports their enjoyment of Science. Children learn the possibilities for careers in Science as a result of our community links and connection with national agencies such as the STEM association.