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Science

It is our intention at Launton School for Science to develop in all young people a lifelong curiosity and interest in the sciences. At our school, all pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and interest about natural phenomena. As children progress through the year groups, they build on their skills in working scientifically as well as on their scientific knowledge. As they develop greater independence, our children become ready to plan and carry out fair and comparative tests to answer a range of scientific questions.

Intent

  • To develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • To 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.
  • To be equipped with the scientific knowledge and skills required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.
  • To use a range of methods to communicate their scientific knowledge including ICT, diagrams, graphs, charts and reports.
  • To develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about the world around them

Implementation

  • At Launton School we implement an ambitious, well-sequenced curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school and gives full coverage of, ‘The National Curriculum programmes of study for Science 2014’ and, ‘Understanding of the World’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Lessons are sequenced carefully and where appropriate, Science is taught in topics
  • Careful attention is given to the progressive development of subject-specific vocabulary
  • Teachers use targeted and specific 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 make appropriate progress
  • The teaching of Science involves adapting and extending the curriculum to match all pupils’ needs.
  • Disciplinary knowledge (how to do science), is developed alongside building substantive knowledge
  • We build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases they become more proficient in selecting and using scientific equipment. They can collate and interpret results and become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.
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