Ladycross Infant and Nursery School

Science

At Ladycross we promote a broad, balanced and inspirational science curriculum, jam packed with exciting visitors and experiences! Our youngest learners in the Early Years begin their scientific adventures by exploring the world they know and listening to stories that introduce scientific concepts. In KS1 we build on this by exploring and learning about animals, plants and materials as well as inspirational scientists and environmental concepts. Our KS1 thinkers leave Ladycross with the foundational knowledge and skills they need to understand scientific concepts alongside the aspirational and inspirational input they need to spark an interest in making an impact to their world using science. 

 

Our little scientists are curious and perceptive thinkers who are engaged and enthusiastic during science lessons. At Ladycross we strive 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. To see how we do this, whilst promoting a progression of scientific concepts, knowledge and skills, click on the links below:

 

 Curriculum Map - updated 2021

Science Long Term Plan - updated 2021

Review of the Science Curriculum in light of Ofsted's “Research review series: science” document

Science skills progression 

Science knowledge progression

Science policy

Science intent, implement and impact statement

 

 

Intent, Implement and Impact 

 

Intent

 

Science Long Term Plan – KS1

 

Aut 1

Aut 2

Spr 1

Spr 2

Sum 1

Sum 2

Y1

What is wonderful about me?

(Animals including humans)

Where do animals belong?

(Animals including humans)

How can I keep safe in the dark?

(Seasonal changes and Working scientifically)

Which materials are best to make for castles?

(Materials)

Which plants grow where I live?

(Plants)

How can we look after our world?

(Working scientifically)

TAPS

What can my body do?

How can we sort animals into different groups?

Which reflective material would be best for a winter coat?

Which materials are transparent and which are opaque?

What do we notice about leaves?

Which colours can I see in our beautiful world?

Y2

Am I the same as my friend?

(Animals including humans)

Would a polar bear survive in India?

(Living things and habitats)

What conditions are best for growing plants?

How can we keep our garden growing?

(Plants)

What can we learn from famous scientists and inventors?

(Working Scientifically)

How can we look after our world?

(Materials)

TAPS

Does the tallest person have the largest handprint?

Which habitat does my insect prefer?

Can we find the right conditions for my plant to grow?

How many daises fit in my footprint?

Can we invent and improve rocket animals?

Which material is best to make a boat?

 

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.

 

In Early Years we teach the children in accordance with the Early Learning Goal, ‘Understand the World: The Natural World’, from the Statutory Framework for the EYFS 2017, which was updated in 2021.  The Development Matters guidance document is used to help staff ensure that all elements of this learning goal are covered comprehensively. 

 

In KS1 we do this by aligning our teaching with the programmes of study from the National Curriculum 2014. Each year group begins by focusing on the Animals, including Humans scientific strand before moving onto Materials, Plants and finally a scientists and environmental theme. This means that the children’s learning progresses throughout the year from being focused on themselves and their surroundings, to an exploration of the world around them before finishing with how science is significant and relevant to their future lives. A focus on seasons and weather is woven throughout the entire year.

 

We keep to national recommendations, including make changes as a result of the “Research review series: science” document that Ofsted published in April 2021. One of the major changes we have made as a result of reading this document has been to introduce units on scientists and the environment, to enable the children to learn about science’s “uses and significance to society and their own lives”.

 

Implement

We ensure that progression is built into our curriculum by following our Skills Progression Document. Our medium term plans detail which skills should be taught in which unit. Our science units of work are framed as “Enquiry Questions”. Each unit has an overarching enquiry question. Throughout the unit, children explore smaller questions (one per lesson) which give them the skills and knowledge they need to answer the enquiry question. At the end of the unit, the children complete a reflection lesson in which they apply what they have learnt throughout the unit to answer the overarching enquiry question. The children also complete at least one TAPS lesson per unit to ensure a variety of enquiry skills are being learnt and applied.

 

Science Week:

Science week is an important time in the Ladycross calendar. Each year, we organize 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); STEM Ambassador Zoom assemblies; 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, inventing our own crayons or Robo-bugs to make life easier for people) and participating in the British Science Association’s national Science Week poster competition.

 

In March 2020, 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. In March 2021,  following the new skills we all acquired during remote learning, Class 8 shared the Robo-bugs they had invented with Year 5 at Cloudside Academy, using Zoom.  It was also a fantastic opportunity for our children to see which kinds of exciting science experiments that they can look forward to in Year 5! 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.

 

Impact

We assess the children’s scientific ability using assessment for learning during science lessons to inform next steps for each child.

 

At the end of each unit teachers make a judgement of each pupil’s attainment in the substantive concepts that have been taught and input these onto Insight, the assessment tool used throughout school. They also make and input judgements on the disciplinary (Working Scientifically) concepts that have been taught.

 

To ensure consistency and accuracy throughout the school, we use TAPS (Teacher Assessment in Primary Science) to assist us with our judgements. 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.  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.

British Science Week

Science week is an important time in the Ladycross calendar. Each year, we organize 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); STEM Ambassador Zoom assemblies; 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, inventing our own crayons or Robo-bugs to make life easier for people) and participating in the British Science Association’s national Science Week poster competition. Click on the pictures below to find out more about our Science Weeks, including investigations you can do at home! (Science Week 2022 coming soon).

Pupil Voice

 

"I liked Science Week. We made popcorn and  cream from butter - we put the lid on and shook it! The things inside kept bumping into each other. We designed inventions - mine was a racing car that could do jobs around the house like cut the grass for mummy and daddy as their lawn mower is broken. The teachers help us to sort out the experiments. Science is fun and great!" - Y1 pupils

 

"I like getting messy and experimenting with different things, like how things can explode and they go everywhere! I loved the rocket mice experiment. Giving us lots of facts about things helps us learn, and so does doing the experiment and finding out what happens - and asking our friends for help. I like thinking how to do things differently in my own way. You can't give up - you have to have a growth mindset." - Y2 pupils

 

 

 

Science at Ladycross

Click here to find out about the life cycle of our Ladycross fish!

 We have created a Nature Garden, with lots of opportunities for scientific exploration (including a dedicated water area for frogs!) Click here to find out more!

Exploring and Experimenting in EYFS:

Scientist Superstars in KS1:

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01159397379

info@ladycross.derbyshire.sch.uk