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Intent

At Lowtown, our aim is to develop enthusiastic, inquisitive learners who are excited by science and ask questions to develop a deeper understanding of the world around them. We provide a wealth of hands-on, practical experiences to enable children to enquire, investigate and evaluate their findings both in the classroom and in the outdoor environment. With the development of our woodland provision, we are integrating outdoor lessons into our curriculum to further stimulate children’s curiosity and to help children understand and respect nature, the environment and the interdependence of humans, animals, plants and life cycles. We live in an incredibly fast-paced world where there is a huge array of innovation and technological breakthroughs. Therefore, it is vital that students leave Lowtown well-equipped with key knowledge and understanding of skills to empower them for life in the 21st century.

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Implementation

Science is taught weekly through discrete science lessons in Key Stage One and Two and as part of cross-curricular themes, when appropriate. Teachers plan to engage and challenging lessons from our progression documents which highlight prior learning and later learning as well as any working scientifically opportunities. Teachers deliver investigative enquiry-based lessons where children learn through doing to promote a deep understanding of scientific concepts. Science lessons provide opportunities for children to work scientifically, both in groups and independently, through pattern spotting, grouping and classifying, planning and performing comparative tests, observing over time and using secondary research to build on prior knowledge.

Parts of the science curriculum are delivered through outdoor learning. In addition, our children experience extra lessons in the woodland with our gardening teaching assistant who links this fantastic resource to the area of the curriculum the children are studying in class, further developing children’s knowledge.

We offer a range of co-curricular experiences designed to deepen knowledge and understanding of science, such as Space Camp and Science Week. Here, our aim is to further stimulate children’s curiosity and students are encouraged to experiment to find their own answers to enquiries. Children also learn about key scientists, both past and present, to understand the significance of previous discoveries and to inspire future discoveries.

Through links with our local high schools, children in Upper Key Stage Two have opportunities to experience hands-on science lessons both in their own classroom and in laboratories to prepare and excite them for the transition to secondary education and beyond.

Impact

At the start of each topic, teachers plan a pre-unit activity such as a mind-map or vocabulary grid to assess knowledge and skills. Children then show their learning from the unit in a post-task assessment. Children’s work in science is assessed through teacher judgements as we observe children working scientifically, asking questions and through marking their written work. Teacher judgements for each child are then recorded on a science tracker to enable teachers to make accurate judgements at the end of each key stage.