Science Curriculum
All children have an innate curiosity and wonder about the world around them. At Linthorpe Community Primary School, we aim to foster this natural interest in Science and encourage children to question and investigate in order to help them better understand their world. Our Science curriculum engages, challenges and encourages children to be inquisitive.
Through careful planning and preparation, children gain the knowledge and scientific understanding that is required to be successful in the modern world. Our curriculum encompasses the acquisition of knowledge alongside how to 'think like a scientist' to ensure children gain a deeper understanding of the world around them and encourage greater success as adults.
We provide a broad and balanced curriculum that has continuity and progression and fosters a positive attitude to science as an interesting and exciting part of the curriculum. Children are provided with the confidence to apply their knowledge, skills and ideas in real life contexts both within and outside the classroom and are aware of the uses of science in the wider world. Our enriched National Curriculum+ offer and '50 things' ensures that children have many opportunities to make meaningful links to real life contexts and experiences.
Whole School Science Overview
Science is embedded throughout the EYFS curriculum and is taught discretely in weekly lessons across KS1 and KS2. All of the National Curriculum is taught and builds upon the Knowledge and Understanding of the world our children develop across EYFS. Science topics are taught in blocks and working scientifically skills are interwoven in every lesson throughout each school year. National Curriculum objectives are regularly revisited throughout a child's Linthorpe journey in order to broaden and deepen knowledge.
At Linthorpe, we believe that knowledge is the essential foundation needed for learning, and for skills to be built upon. Each science topic has a set of 'Knowledge Organisers' which contain the basic scientific knowledge that we ensure the children will acquire over the course of the topic.
Our children are taught using these organisers and they are referenced in every Science lesson. To ensure that the children retain this knowledge, they are involved in a memory cycle. We regularly quiz the children using the Science knowledge organisers in order to make links and deepen understanding.
At the end of each term, the children will complete a quiz based on their new Science knowledge. The quizzes contain both fact retrieval and application questions to ensure Scientific understanding is assessed. These quizzes are repeated termly to ensure children are retaining previous knowledge too.
To assess children's scientific understanding and working scientifically skills, children complete an assessment at the end of each topic. These assessments focus on the key skills needed to 'be a scientist': planning an investigation, recording and analysing data, predictions, drawing conclusions and observations.
Scientific Highlights
Bring it On Science Exhibition
Year 5 children attend a fantastic exhibition that aims to inspire, educate and motivate young people to explore engineering as their future career, by showcasing just how exciting engineering can be!
Heart Dissection
When learning about the circulatory system, Year 6 children are visited by Acklam Grange students who teach them how to dissect a pig's heart and locate all of the key components that help to keep animals, including humans, alive!
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development in Science
At Linthorpe Community Primary School, we recognise that the personal development of our pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness plays a significant role in their ability to learn, achieve and shine. SMSC is an integral part of our ethos and is apparent in Science lessons:
Spiritual - Pupils are provided with engaging Science lessons which encourages them to show a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them.
Moral - Pupils learn to respect others' ideas and opinions on scientific topics. Through working scientifically, children are taught to understand scientific arguments and to identify evidence that supports or refutes scientific ideas.
Social - Throughout Science lessons, pupils learn to work effectively with others and build good relationships.
Cultural - Our daily Cultural Capital sessions stimulate pupils' curiosity about famous figures in the field of Science and their scientific breakthroughs.
Check out the links below for some useful science resources: