July 18, 2019



Our dedicated science lab


Teaching and Learning: Our aim is to give the children a secure knowledge and understanding about the world we live in and build the skills needed in order to find things out for themselves. The teaching of Science focuses on firstly learning through practical, hands on activities and then giving the children the opportunity to express what they have learnt.

Our vision for science – Children will develop their science capital through inspirational and engaging hands-on lessons that relate to the world they know beyond the classroom.

‘What is science capital?’

Children will question and use the full range of enquiry types to plan, complete and analyse their own investigations and will consider excelling at science an attainable goal.

Science vision and principles

Science laboratory: For the academic year 2017/18 the children will benefit from our new state-of-the-art science laboratory. All children will have the opportunity to use the science lab during the year; KS1 will have a rolling programme of experiments to carry out each term, and KS2 will conduct experiments in the lab on a weekly basis.

Assessment: Each half term children are taught a new topic. At the beginning of each topic children are given their ‘Learning Targets’ so that they have a clear understanding of what they are going to learn and can use the check list to assess their own learning as they are taught the lessons. At the end of the topic children are given the opportunity to record what they have learnt using the same ‘Learning Targets’ check list. The children will also undertake an end of topic test so that their progress can be recorded. This progress is tracked so that underachievement can be targeted.

Homework: In Years 3-6 children are given approximately half an hour of homework a week which is linked to the work they are doing in class.

Science discovery days – there will be 3 science discovery days throughout the year, one during each term. The whole school will take part and focus on themes and activities that will motivate and inspire the pupils.

Learning Outside the Classroom: We endeavour to create as many learning opportunities outside of the classroom as we can so that children can experience and learn from hands on activities. We encourage classes to use the outdoor classroom when learning and exploring within the school grounds.

Most Able Children: All children are planned for according to ability. This includes a group that is working in the top ten per cent of their age group. These children are given differentiated activities so that they are challenged in the classroom.

Safety: On any potentially dangerous activities thorough risk assessments are carried out to make sure the children are safe.

Updated January 2019