At Ladypool, we strive to provide a challenging and engaging science curriculum which enables our children to explore and discover the world around them. We aim for our children to enjoy science whilst equipping them with the tools needed to work and think scientifically. We encourage our children to become resilient learners who can use their knowledge and skills to solve problems and learn independently, inspiring life long engagement and learning in science. We support our children to make meaningful links to other curriculum areas such as; engineering, mathematics and technology. Our curriculum is driven by our key drivers of communication, aspiration and identity.
The curriculum at Ladypool uses hands-on investigative science activities to ensure progression in scientific working skills. We have built our curriculum to allow children to continue their learning journey whilst gaining more knowledge of each topic.
We provide opportunities for children to meet the full range of scientific investigative approaches:
- Observe phenomena and changes over time.
- Look for patterns in findings and identify, classify and group information.
- Carry out comparative and fair testing and research using secondary sources.
- Ask questions about what they observe and make decisions about which types of scientific enquiry are likely to be the best ways of answering them.
- Draw conclusions based on their data and observations, use evidence to justify their ideas and use their scientific knowledge and understanding to explain their findings.
In addition to our engaging science curriculum, we also provide our children with a set of experience led stimulating activities, these include:
- Year 5 STEM workshops provided by ZEISS vision care. These workshops provide our children with real-world problems in need of innovative engineering, technology, and computing solutions – based on the application of key engineering and science with lots of fun activities along the way.
- Our annual science week celebration of science, technology, engineering. Our science week aims to enable all pupils to develop their scientific thinking, investigative skills and most importantly their enthusiasm and enjoyment of the subject. Our science week involves a range of activities: full investigations, workshops and quick experiments.
- Our forest school is a maintained space on the school grounds which enables science lessons to be taught outside whenever required.
- Science club aimed at key stage 1 pupils provides a range of stimulating STEM activities.
- Educational visits which enrich our curriculum such as; the year 1 trip to The Safari Park