"The important thing is to never stop questioning." Albert Einstein
At Ladycross, we want science to excite our children and increase their curiosity of the world around them. We aim to embed an understanding that science is everywhere, related to all aspects of our lives, and encourage the children to make links and raise their own scientific questions, both during discrete science lessons and across the curriculum. This is encouraged throughout every pupil’s learning journey from Nursery to Year Two and we aim for children to leave us with an enquiring mind and thirst for more knowledge about our world.
We teach science to Foundation Stage One and Two (Nursery and Reception) children in accordance with the Early Learning Goal, ‘The World’, from the Statutory Framework for the EYFS 2017. The Development Matters guidance document is used to help staff ensure that all elements of this learning goal are covered comprehensively. Lessons for our Key Stage One children (Year One and Two) are planned to cover all of the National Curriculum objectives for each year group and are linked to topics to make lessons engaging and exciting. Throughout the school, we thread working scientifically skills into all of our lessons to help the children to start to think like scientists; we also teach these skills discretely to help our children become independent and questioning learners.
Science week is an important time in the Ladycross calendar. Each year, we organise exciting activities to wow our pupils, which run throughout the whole week. These include: visits from external science experts (such as Professor Brainstorm in March 2020); whole school assemblies introducing the theme of Science Week and then celebrating the work completed; exciting experiments in class (such as designing a coat for an artic explorer) and participating in the British Science Association’s national Science Week poster competition.
Last year, we had planned to join our local junior school, Cloudside Academy, for an Artic Explorer Science adventure day but this was cancelled due to Covid 19. As soon as we can, we will make future collaboration plans for science as it is a wonderful opportunity for the children to work together and share their science knowledge and enthusiasm.
We can't wait for Science Week 2021: 5th - 14th March 2021!
This year we are very excited to have arranged for a STEM Ambassador to lead a virtual science assembly for our children. We are sure this will be exciting and inspiring for the children to see how they could use science in the future.
We assess the children’s scientific ability using assessment for learning during science lessons to inform next steps for each child and we are currently implementing the Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) system of assessment from Reception to Year 2. This system provides teachers with plans closely linked to national objectives to assess both the children’s concept learning and working scientifically skills. Each class has linked the most appropriate TAPS plans to each term on their long-term curriculum maps and after teaching these lessons, staff complete a TAPS assessment sheet detailing children working above, below and next steps for learning. These observations will supplement teachers' assessment on our Insight data tracking system at the end of each term to improve the accuracy of each teacher’s science assessment. We believe that more accurate assessment of both children's starting points and progress made throughout the year will lead to greater attainment for all.
As a result of our Ladycross focus on fostering a growth mindset, which is closely linked to working scientifically skills, our children leave us at the end of Key Stage 1 with curiosity to discover more and the skills to explore how to do this as they progress with their education.
What Science Looks Like at Ladycross
Year 2 - Rocket Mice Investigation
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