Science at Lawley Primary School
Our school vision
The whole school community at Lawley have high expectations for our children, and strive to ensure they leave school as confident, polite and independent young people, with the appropriate skills, values and learning to become successful in whatever their future will be. We aspire to instil in all our children a desire to never stop learning and to have the courage to succeed in whatever they do, across all areas of school life and beyond. At Lawley we are ‘Planting the seeds, growing the future.’
Led by Lisa Burton
At Lawley Primary School, in conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our Science teaching offers opportunities for children to:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics;
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them;
- be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.
The use of the Rising Stars scheme of work provides a structure and skill development for the science curriculum being taught throughout the school.
At the start of each unit there is a section outlining the intentions for teaching and learning, including learning objectives, all of which are taken from the Programme of Study for Science (England), cross-curricular links, and background subject knowledge for those teachers looking for additional support. This includes identification of misconceptions that pupils might hold in different areas of learning.
Through our planning, we involve problem solving opportunities that allow children to find out for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers. This curiosity is celebrated within the classroom. Planning involves teachers creating engaging lessons, often involving high-quality resources to aid understanding of conceptual knowledge. Teachers use precise scientific vocabulary and questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills and assess children regularly to identify those children with gaps in learning, so that all children keep up.
Children are assessed at the start of each new topic based on the previous teaching of that topic. This allows for prior misconceptions in their knowledge and understanding to be addressed. Children are then assessed again at the end of the unit based on what they have currently been taught.
The implementation of this curriculum ensures that, by the time children leave Lawley Primary School, they have a developing understanding of the scientific world around them, a continuing curiosity and the ability to question scientific phenomenon.