Welcome to Science at Lightmoor
At Lightmoor Village Primary School, our children are SCIENTISTS!
It is our intent that through our inspiring and practical Science curriculum, the children at Lightmoor are encouraged with an excitement and natural curiosity to communicate scientific concepts clearly and link their understanding to the world around them. Our curriculum drivers are ‘Celebrating Diversity’ and ‘Endless Possibilities’, and all children are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. We want pupils to be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. We want our children to love science and to extend their scientific knowledge and vocabulary, as well as promoting a love and thirst for learning
At Lightmoor science topics are taught within each year group in accordance with the National Curriculum. Topics are blocked to allow children to focus on developing their knowledge and skills, studying each topic in depth. Every year group will build upon the learning from prior year groups therefore developing depth of understanding and progression of skills. Teachers promote enjoyment and foster interest of the scientific disciplines; Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Children explore, question, predict, plan, carry out investigations and observations as well as conclude their findings.
Children present their findings and learning using science specific language, observations and diagrams. In order to support children in their ability to ‘know more and remember more’ there are regular opportunities to review the learning taken place in previous topics as well as previous lessons. At the start of each topic children will review previous learning and will have the opportunity to share what they already know about a current topic. Through our commitment to inclusion, there are high aspirations for all pupils. Appropriate scaffolding and challenge ensures that the needs of all pupils are met. Cross curricular links are capitalised on to deepen learning.
At Lightmoor, our pupils receive a broad and balanced curriculum. There are opportunities in individual lessons and at the start and end of a unit of work to assess whether children know and remember more. The impact of this curriculum design will lead to outstanding progress over time, across key stages, relative to a child’s individual starting point and their progression of skills. Children will be expected to leave Lightmoor reaching at least age related expectations for science. Through various workshops, trips and interactions with experts our science curriculum will lead pupils to be enthusiastic Science learners and understand that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. We want to empower our children so they understand they have the capability to change the world. This is evidenced in a range of ways, including pupil voice, their work and their overwhelming enjoyment for science.
“Science is simply the word we use to describe a method of organising our curiosity” - Tim Minchin
Science Lead: Miss Robson