At Langney we want to encourage pupils to question and develop a growing curiosity about the world around them. At best learning about science should create a sense of awe and wonder.
As a school we chose to be guided by the highly recommended Kent Scheme of Work to support the teaching of science. It is a scheme that has scientific enquiry at its heart. The Kent scheme of work provides suggestions of how children should work scientifically learning about the different types of enquiry as well as concise subject knowledge, vocabulary and key scientists related to each unit. It also includes many examples of practical activities to guide and inspire teachers to plan enjoyable science lessons of the highest standard. We want to engage our pupils interest in learning, so we put the emphasis on the children learning by doing.
The potential of highly attaining pupils and those showing promise early in their school career is harnessed in the school’s ambitious Scholars Programme, that bridges between key stages and school settings. Fifteen pupils are selected to go to a local secondary school once a week for a term to take part in science activities.
Using our links with our neighbour, Langney Priory we are developing opportunities to work in conjunction with them in their grounds. One is a conservation project that has been driven by the School Council and the pupils from Y2 -6 have voted on the creature they want to help conserve at the Priory-garden Birds, Hedgehogs, butterflies or bees.
Jobs that are based on a knowledge and interest in science are many-fold and we will look for every opportunity to broaden the children’s horizons through inviting in visitors and meeting off site people on school trips whose work involves science-e.g.Fire service, medics, horticulturists, museums,zoo staff etc.
The school’s context
One of our school values is aspiration and our motto is ‘active body, healthy mind.’ Through learning about science and thinking scientifically we want to empower our pupils with knowledge and skills to make healthy life decisions and open up possibilities for their future.
The broadening of horizons and showing how science learning can be applied to the world of work and interests in future life is our driving motivation for teaching science lessons that can inspire our children and sow these seeds.
The scheme contains 28 units. Each unit has been assigned to a particular Year group inline with the guidance from the National Curriculum. There is clear progression in the key scientific knowledge and concepts for Years 1 to 6. Working scientifically runs through each and every unit of study. Preceding the scheme we spend the first term of each year focussing on all the different enquiry types in isolation.
Year 1: Seasonal change, Animals including Humans, Plants, Everyday Materials.
Year2: Materials, Animals including Humans, Plants, Living Things and Their Habitats.
Year3 : Light, Animals including Humans, Forces and Magnets, Plants. Rocks and Fossils.
Year 4 : States of Matter, Electricity, Animals including Humans, Living Things and Their Habitats, Sound.
Year 5 : Forces, Animals and Their Habitats, Earth and Space, Animals including Humans, Properties and Changes in Materials.
Year 6: Light, Animals including Humans, Evolution, Animals and Their Habitats.
How is this subject assessed?
How is this subject assessed?
Science is assessed using OTrack,( our whole school Assessment Tool) This contains the Progression Frameworks statements to assess each child on. After each unit or lesson judgements are inputted and summative grades recorded termly.