At Lingey House, a high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Learning across the School
In Foundation Stage, science learning is through their ‘Understanding the World’ work, in which children are guided in making sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
In KS1, the focus is on experiencing and observing science around them, developing curiosity and asking questions. They learn about the structure of plants, how plants grow and learn to identify a variety of common plants and animals. The children learn to identify a variety of common materials and explore how you can group materials based on their properties and how their particular properties might make them suitable for particular uses. Finally, a big focus in KS1 is on seasonal change, an area which again involves encouraging observation and questioning.
In LKS2, the focus in on broadening the children’s scientific view of the world around them, through exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas. Their biology learning involves build on their understanding of plants, including their life cycle, and develop their understanding of the human body including the function of bones and muscles, the importance of good nutrition and how the digestive system works. They begin to develop their physics knowledge with units about light, forces and electricity, having the opportunity to make predictions, test out ideas and try and draw clear conclusions. They are also introduced to physics, learning about the different states of matter.
In UKS2, the teaching enables pupils to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. Biology learning includes learning about life cycles of a wider range of living things, and developing their understanding of the concepts of evolution, inheritance and classification. The children have the opportunity to develop their chemistry skills, looking at properties and changes of materials (such as dissolving, evaporating etc). They also have a significant focus on physics learning, developing their understanding of the sun and moon and building on previous learning of electricity, light and forces.
Wider science learning at Lingey House
At Lingey House we understand the huge importance of science in our current lives and our future, so work to encourage ever increasing curiosity, knowledge and enthusiasm. We hold an annual science week, specifically aimed at increasing awareness of careers in science, and finding ways to engage the children outside of the curriculum.