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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. By stimulating and challenging them, we help every child secure and extend their scientific knowledge and vocabulary. This further deepens their knowledge and wonder, creating a sense of excitement and fun. Our children are Scientists and we want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are  - astronauts, forensic scientists, chemists or microbiologists. 

Implementation

 

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

In EYFS, the programme of study for science fulfils the educational programmes set out in the EYFS 2021. Taking account of the key learning possibilities outlined in the following areas of learning taken from the non statutory development matters 2021: Understanding the world, Communication and language and Personal, social and emotional development. 

Children explore their environment outdoors and indoors observing the changing seasons, plants and animals. They take part in open ended investigative work within all the continuous provision areas, growing their skills and interests. Children are motivated to ask questions about why things happen and how things work. Children participate in cookery and baking sessions which allows them to experience changes in state as ingredients are mixed, heated and cooled.

 

 

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. Children visit farms and regularly face time a farmer.  We have joined with Leeds and Bradford Universities to conduct scientific research and develop teaching materials on microorganisms, physical and dental health.

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. The impact of this curriculum design will lead to outstanding progress over time, across key stages, relative to a child’s individual starting point and their progression of skills. Children will therefore be expected to leave Field Lane reaching at least age related expectations for Science.

SCIENCE OVERVIEW

Cycle 2 - 2022 -2023

Cycle 1  - 2021-2022

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