At St Leonard’s Lower School, we are growing and learning together with God’s Love and our Christian values are embedded in all that we do.
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Our aim is to promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding through appropriate curricular opportunities with particular reference to equality and diversity.
At St Leonard's it is our intention to recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. 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.
Learning appropriate scientific vocabulary is key in giving the children the tools to express their understanding in an articulate and intelligent manner. Developing questioning skills allows for further investigation, consideration and scientific enquiry. Understanding and explaining physical processes will offer insight into ‘how things work’. Practical work, as well as discussion, is geared towards promoting a love of learning.
We try to create as many opportunities as possible for the children to experience practical science and we are very lucky to have such beautiful school grounds and a school pond that lend themselves to this. We also work closely with the Greensand Trust as Rushmere and Stockgrove Country Parks are within walking distance.
A key concept throughout our Science curriculum is 'people' and throughout their science learning the children are introduced to inspirational scientists and inventors, we hope that this in turn will inspire young scientists of the future!
Our science teaching is carefully linked to other curriculum topics and high quality texts so that the children develop further depth of understanding and experience relevant and relatable lessons.
Our children should develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle with regard to their own, and other children’s safety.
Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards in science.
Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves the following;
Early Years Foundation Stage
In the Foundation Stage, children are taught Science through the key areas of learning set out within the EYFS Statutory Framework.
Through a broad range of teacher-led, child-initiated and continuous learning opportunities, children will be taught to:
Key Stage 1 and 2
In Key Stage 1 and 2, Science will be taught in planned and arranged topic blocks by the class teacher, these are, where appropriate linked to the Year group’s overall topic theme and high quality texts are used to promote depth of understanding. We use the Twinkl Planit scheme of work to support our Science teaching and we also use resources from STEM to support our teaching.
Children have weekly Science lessons, with teachers following the scheme of work, but adapting lessons where necessary to suit the needs of their class.
Progress is measured through our children's ability to know more, remember more and explain more. This is measured in different ways in our Science units. The use of green key questions ensures opportunities are built into the lesson for ongoing assessment. Attainment and progress is measured across the school using assessment spreadsheets. Children who feel confident in their science knowledge and enquiry skills will be excited about science, show that they are actively curious to learn more and will see the relevance of what they learn in science lessons to real-life situations and also the importance of science in the real world.