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Science

Welcome to our Science Page. Please scroll down to enjoy finding out all about Science at Lydd Primary School!

Intent

At Lydd Primary School, we aim to equip the children with the knowledge, understanding, experiences and skills to become super Scientists! We offer a Science Curriculum that evokes the children’s curiosity, excitement and understanding about the world around them. We encourage the children to ask questions to develop their naturally inquisitive minds so that they further their analytical thinking as they progress though Lydd Primary.

By offering first hand scientific experiences that reflect the children’s interests from the beginning of their learning journey in EYFS, the children are able to develop their enquiry skills alongside challenging opportunities in KS1 and KS2. We build upon scientific concepts within our Science learning and wish them to become educated citizens of the future with a growth mindset; knowing that there are no limits to their learning and that they can build resilience. Trial and improvement have an important place within Science.  

We intend the children to experience vocabulary rich teaching. We believe this allows them to be equipped with the communication and discussion skills to explore how, why and in addition, understand the uses and implications for Science; from the past, today and in the future. The classroom Science displays reflect the vocabulary for the current topic and are interactive to encourage the correct spelling and use within science work.

The children are able to benefit from after school clubs, Whole School Science themed days and a strong partnership with local industries, such as Dungeness Power Station. This allows the children to see Science in action alongside giving them career aspirations.

Implementation

Teachers at Lydd Primary School create a positive attitude to Science learning within their classrooms and reinforce the expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards in Science. Our whole school approach to teaching and learning in Science is as follows:

Early Years Foundation Stage

Children are taught Science through the key areas set out within the Early Years Statutory Framework. Through a broad range of teacher led, child initiated and continuous provision children will be taught to:

  • Understand ‘why’ questions, like: “Why do you think the caterpillar got so big?” (CLL)
  • Make healthy choices about food, drink, activity and toothbrushing. (PSED)
  • Use all their senses in hands-on exploration of natural materials.
  • Explore collections of materials with similar and/or different properties.
  • Talk about what they see, using a wide vocabulary.
  • Begin to make sense of their own life-story and family’s history.
  • Explore how things work.
  • Plant seeds and care for growing plants.
  • Understand the key features of the life cycle of a plant and an animal.
  • Begin to understand the need to respect and care for the natural environment and all living things.
  • Explore and talk about different forces they can feel.
  • Talk about the differences between materials and changes they notice.

 

Key Stage 1 and 2

In Key Stage 1 and 2, Science is taught from the Kent Scheme, in alignment with the guidelines set out in the National Curriculum. It is planned and arranged in topic blocks alongside a two year rolling programme. These are, where appropriate, linked to the Year group’s overall Topic theme. Children have weekly Science lessons, with teachers following the scheme of work, but adapting lessons where necessary to suit the needs of their class.

 

https://www.lyddprimary.org.uk/docs/Curriculum_Maps/Curriculum_Map_UPDATED_6_10_21.pdf

Existing knowledge is checked at the beginning of each topic to identify misconceptions. In KS2 teachers use Knowledge Organisers to aid pre-learning to enable the children to become familiar with the Key Vocabulary and concepts which will be taught. This also ensures that teaching is informed by the children’s starting points and that it takes account of pupil voice.

PDF of PLAN Progression in Knowledge

 

Scientific Enquiry follows six strands:

  • Comparative and/or Fair Testing
  • Research
  • Observation Over Time
  • Pattern Seeking
  • Problem Solving
  • Identifying, Grouping and Classifying

Within these strands children have the opportunity to develop their scientific skills:

  • Asking questions
  • Making predictions
  • Setting Up Tests
  • Observing and Measuring
  • Recording Data
  • Interpreting and Communicating Results
  • Evaluating

PDF of PLAN Progression in Scientific Skills

Children have the opportunity to discover the work of important scientists from a diverse range of cultures, including historical figures of importance and key scientists that are still alive today. This allows the children to practice key research skills and produce an extended piece of writing, to consolidate writing skills and allow for a deeper and broader understanding of how and when to use specific grammar, punctuation and spelling objectives.

Assessment of Science in EYFS, KS1 & KS2 comes in a variety of forms, throughout the topic (such as success criteria at lesson level). This ensures misconceptions are addressed and questions or further enquiries can be explored, alongside highlighting examples from the world around us. Parent’s Evenings and End of Year reports give the opportunity for teachers to discuss children’s scientific progress with parents.

Impact

With the implementation of the children’s scientific journey being well established and taught thoroughly throughout the school, children are becoming more knowledgeable and confident scientists and by the time they are in upper Key Stage 2, they gain confidence with their collaborative and independent enquiry skills; articulating their scientific questions, predictions, observations, conclusions, reflections and reasoning clearly, based upon the scientific knowledge that they have gained.

We hope that as children move on from Lydd to further their education and learning, that their passion for Science and high aspirations travels with them and continues to grow and develop as they do.

                            

 KS1 & KS2 videos, quizzes and more for every National Curriculum Science topic!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z7nygk7

A treasure trove full of practical enquiries to enjoy at home with your grown ups!

https://www.howtosmile.org/topics/athome

Download interest apps from here to discover about the Human Body, Diabetes or even the Sun!

https://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/play/apps/

Discover cool kids games that will test your skill & cunning. Play with your favourite characters like Spongebob Squarepants & Ben 10 & score points - cool!

www.natgeokids.com

Dive into websites, activities, apps, and more. A Marble Machine is a creative ball-run contraption, made from familiar materials, designed to send a rolling marble through tubes and funnels, across tracks and bumpers, and into a catch at the end.

www.exploratorium.edu

Stories of real scientists and their amazing discoveries

https://research-champions.com/

Scientific fun at home, especially for the Early Years!

https://www.science-sparks.com/