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Subject Lead: Miss H Ross

At Leasowes, we believe that every child is a scientist and our rich, inclusive and progressive curriculum reflects this. It is our view that the golden thread to science is a secure knowledge and practice of the working scientifically skills in order to access the five enquiry types with growing independence.

Science teaching at Leasowes aims to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them. They acquire key foundational skills and knowledge to develop an understanding of scientific processes to help them answer questions about the world and an understanding of the uses and implications of science for today and in the future.

Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Stephen Hawking

Our science curriculum is underpinned by the National Curriculum programmes of study and we strive to ensure our children become efficient scientists who:

•acquire key foundational knowledge and skills to develop an understanding of scientific processes to help answer questions about the world

•understand the uses and implications of science for today and in the future

•understand the diversity of influence within the scientific field and the impact that key figures have on science

•become articulate scientists who have the skills necessary to question, test and evaluate their hypotheses in the world around them, whilst developing a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena

Science is a core subject of the National Curriculum which we teach through a knowledge and skills-based approach.  At Leasowes, working scientifically skills are embedded in each unit the children study and are revisited and developed throughout their time at school as they take on different enquiry types. Pupils also apply their mathematical knowledge, particularly when collecting, presenting and analysing data.

Our science curriculum is ambitious and goes above and beyond the requirements set out in the National Curriculum, as evidenced by the PSQM GILT award. We provide pupils with inspiring, creative and thought-provoking experiences to enhance the teaching and learning of science. This includes our whole school celebration of British Science Day and extra-curricular opportunities such as science club and ‘Curiosity Corner’ in the school newsletter. Furthermore, children are encouraged to consider and discuss topical, scientific issues through our ‘Life Beyond Leasowes’ class assemblies; this demonstrates the importance of science in the wider world and the impact children can have as young scientists. Additionally, the ‘Aspire to be Future Me’ day which takes place at Leasowes gives our children the opportunity to interact with real-life scientists, challenges gender stereotypes, makes science relevant and provides children with scientific aspirations and goals.