Our Science Curriculum
The National Curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
At Leiston Primary School, all teachers foster positive attitudes towards science learning and have high expectations for pupils' outcomes. Continuous progression is at the heart of our science curriculum and is mapped out in the progression tracker and medium term plans. Medium term plans outline the key learning and vocabulary to ensure consistent progression and high expectations across the school. All teachers understand the importance of pupils experiencing all enquiry types and plan regular opportunities for:
Observation over time
Identifying and classifying
Comparative and fair testing
Teachers adopt a 'plan, do, review' approach to planning to ensure that pupils develop confidence in a range of working scientifically skills, with independence increasing with age. Teachers make formal assessments at the end of every topic, identifying specific children 'working towards' and 'working above' the National Curriculum objectives. This allows pupils requiring challenge and/or additional support to be easily identified and appropriate measures put in place to ensure that every pupil makes good progress in science.
At Leiston, we believe that broadening experiences is vital to raising aspirations and our pupils' science capital for them to pursue science based careers. Therefore, we offer a wide variety of enrichment opportunities. Links with local businesses such as EDF and BT provide unique opportunities for pupils to experience science related industries first hand. We also work closely with the Ogden Trust, who support staff training, resourcing and science related visits. Work with the Primary Science Teaching Trust has enabled our current Year 6 pupils to complete CREST awards as part of our recovery curriculum and to support their transition to high school.
Pupil perceptions coming soon...
Primary Science Teaching Trust - www.pstt.co.uk
STEM Learning - www.stem.org.uk
Terrific Scientific - www.bbc.co.uk/teach/terrific-scientific
Great Science Share - www.greatscienceshare.org
CREST Awards - www.crestawards.org
Ogden Trust - www.ogdentrust.com
Science Week 2021
We celebrated British Science Week and our full reopening with whole school, space themed activities. Children were busy making alien slime, exploring gravity and making artwork inspired by our solar system. We were very kindly supported by Martin Baker Aircraft who donated prizes for our 'design a lab coat' competition.
Reception's responses to 'Starry Night' by Van Gough...
Artwork inspired by Messier...
KS2 models of the solar system...
Baylab 'design a lab coat' competition entries...
'What does science mean to you?'
Year 6 CREST Awards
Year 6 have been busy collecting stickers for their Superstar Passports as they work towards their CREST Awards.
Investigating Murphy's Law - Does toast always land butter side down?