At Leamington Community Primary School, we aim to teach Science in a fun, engaging and motivating way. From a very early age, children are curious about the world they live in, we aim to foster this curiosity and encourage children to ask questions, seek answers and to be ambitious about their own future. They instinctively explore and interact in their physical environment.
Children from Nursery to Year 6 love to visit our Leamington garden. They observe planting, growing, harvesting, and different lifecycles.
Children are constantly developing new ideas, observing their effects and naturally testing them. Children’s concepts are therefore initially based upon first hand exploration. Our immersive curriculum creates real-life opportunities for children to explore and engage in purposeful activities, demonstrating how Science is used in the real world.
For example, children in Year 1 and Year 3 visit the recycling plant where they explore and discover way in which they can help the environment and also how materials can be changed and used in different ways.
Primary Science is concerned with the development of process skills and concepts that draw upon these natural interests and abilities. At Leamington, our pupils are given opportunities to observe, investigate, experiment, discover and communicate their ideas in a variety of ways enabling them to learn about the way things are and why they behave as they do. We strive to provide the foundations of skills, attitudes, knowledge and understanding that will enable all of our children to understand the world around them. We aim to inspire our future thinkers, innovators and problems solvers. Every child is a Scientist. Science plays an important role in so many careers – we have invited a variety of professionals into our classrooms to share their job roles and enlighten children in how Science can be useful in the real world. We have had visits from physiotherapists, electricians, student surgeons and an eye doctor.
For example when Year 4 were learning all about Electricity, Mr Wilson an Electrical Engineer visited the children and talked about how circuits in devices control things in different ways.
Also Entian Carrol a Professor of Paediatric Profession visited our Year 6 and talked about Microorganisms and bacteria.
Our curriculum is designed and planned to meet the needs of all our learners with a range of enriching opportunities incorporated into each topic, whilst challenging each mind-set and encouraging children to solve problems. Our school promotes a love of ‘togetherness’. We encourage children to work together. Our Science Jotters are a fun and engaging way in which our children enjoy working collaboratively. Building on their speaking and listening skills, developing their leadership and teamwork skills whilst learning solving problems in a creative and engaging way. We want our children to be ambitious and resilient.
At Leamington we are firm believers that it is not just about what happens in the classroom which makes a difference, it is about the added value and experiences we offer to really inspire our children. We believe that science should be taken outside of the classroom, Enhancing the children’s time in our school with memorable and unforgettable experiences which supports their developing knowledge and understanding is a quality that we hold.
For example, whilst learning about Space, Year 5 visited the Space Port and explored gravity, planets and the solar system.
At the end of each topic, children are given the chance to reflect on their learning and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of Science in a variety of ways. Our reflection tasks are an excellent way of allowing the children to do this.
Subject Leaders: Sophie Doyle and Lisa Curran