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Intent

At Field Lane school, we extend childrens’ natural curiosity of the world by delivering hands on practical real life science.

Children ask questions and investigate through different types of scientific enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.

We encourage our scientists to solve problems by using and applying their skills and knowledge. This further deepens their knowledge and wonder, therefore creating excitement and fun.

Our children are Scientists.

Implementation

Science is given a high status in School; our main Science display proudly shows off the learning from each year group.

The Foundation stage follows the Early Learning Goals which develops children’s awareness of knowledge and understanding of the world.

In Years 1 to 6, Science is taught in weekly discrete lessons, planned from the Switched on science scheme. Lessons are practical and hands on and draw upon the working scientifically skills. Our Science sessions allow children to investigate, solve problems and allow children to find out for themselves. Smart Time Science offers many benefits including working with a focused group, an opportunity to use and apply the skills taught in lessons and targeting children with specific needs.

Scientific activities give strong motivation for the growth and purposeful use of literacy and mathematical skills. Vocabulary skills are enhanced through science, therefore developing language skills. Each topic will have a vocabulary list and children are encouraged to use ‘science words’. Children are challenged by linking their learning to real life situations.

Science learning is kept alive by taking learning outside, inviting in visitors and holding workshops. Regular Science events such as Science fairs, Change project, clubs and Science week are a buzz in school and often involve parents, local high schools and the community.

Impact

Our approach to Science enables children to become young Scientists in their own worlds.

Children and their families meet positive role models from various agencies such as the Leeds dental institute and Cummins Turbo technologies and learn about possible careers in Science.

Through these first hand experiences all children believe they are Scientists, they enjoy Science and are motivated in their learning.

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