At Laddingford we believe a good Science curriculum develops pupils’ enjoyment and interest, develops pupils’ understanding of key scientific concepts and scientific skills and ensures that children understand the relevance of what it is that they are learning. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, they should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. At Laddingford, the children will develop this through the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics in order to help understand the world around us. Children will experience the five areas of scientific enquiry: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing and researching using secondary sources.
We use a two-year rolling programme, which is supported by the Kent Scheme of Work. The progression of skills for working scientifically are developed through the key stages and
scientific enquiry skills are of key importance within lessons.
Our long-term plan is sequenced to ensure children are always building on prior knowledge whether they are covering content from their own year group or that of the other. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers.
Children in Early Years are provided with a number of rich contexts where they learn a wide range of vocabulary. These words form the beginnings of scientific concepts that will be built on in Year 1 and beyond.
SEND and Vulnerable Pupils
As a school, we use a range of teaching strategies to allow all children to access the curriculum. We use the mainstream core standards to develop strategies, interventions and resources that can help support our children. Some examples used in Science are:
• Teaching of key vocabulary
• Review points within the lesson
• Providing alternative methods of recording
• Writing frames/adapted tasks if appropriate
• Providing visual support
The impact of our Science curriculum results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world that they can take with them once they complete their primary education.