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"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.

 

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Intent
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:

  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics;
  • Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through different types of Science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them;
  • Be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.
  • Develop the essential scientific enquiry skills to deepen their scientific knowledge.
  • Use a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including I.C.T., diagrams, graphs and charts.
  • Develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle with regard to their own, and other children’s safety.
  • Develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery.

 

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.


Implementation
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;

  • Science will be taught in planned and arranged topic blocks by the class teacher. This is a strategy to enable the achievement of a greater depth of knowledge.
  • Through our planning, we involve problem solving opportunities that allow children to find out for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers. This curiosity is celebrated within the classroom. Planning involves teachers creating engaging lessons, often involving high-quality resources to aid understanding of conceptual knowledge. Teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills and assess children regularly to identify those children with gaps in learning, so that all children keep up.
  • We build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases and they become more proficient in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.
  • Working Scientifically skills are embedded into lessons to ensure these skills are being developed throughout the children’s school career and new vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching. This is developed through the years, in-keeping with the topics.
  • Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment, and the various Working Scientifically skills in order to embed scientific understanding. Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning and workshops with experts.

 

Impact
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.

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