Discovery without limits ...
At Langley Mill Academy we believe that well-planned, imaginative and practical science lessons stimulate a child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do.
"The Important thing is not to stop questioning....." Albert Einstein
At Langley Mill Academy we want learners to be engaged by a science curriculum which introduces them to aspects of biology, chemistry and physics, preparing them for further opportunities to study science in secondary education and opening their eyes to the real possibility of a future career in the scientific world.
Children should develop enquiring scientific minds, working collaboratively to investigate and experiment. They will be able to question ideas and reflect on their learning, retaining knowledge and relating science to real life contexts.
We use the National Curriculum as a basis for science topics – ensuring learners get the chance to build on previous knowledge, skills and vocabulary.
The coverage of topics within the year has been planned to run alongside our overarching topic themes and the RHSE curriculum – ensuring pupils are able to make links with other subjects where possible.
Topics to be taught within science are;
Year 3: Forces & Magnets, Light, Rocks, Plants, Animals including humans.
Year 4: Materials, Sound, Living-things and their habitats, Electricity, Animals including humans.
Year 5: Materials (properties of, changes in), Earth & Space, Forces & Magnets, Animals including humans, Living things and their habitats.
Year 6: Light, Electricity, Evolution & Inheritance, Living-things and their habitats, Animals including humans.
Science is taught using the ‘Developing Experts’ online learning scheme.
Each unit has a Knowledge Organiser to support learners, in line with those used for other foundation subjects in school. The overview for each unit sets out the Unit Mastery – what learners should be able to do and Assessment Opportunities, which take on different forms of assessment. These assessment opportunities can be used to inform teacher judgement when using O-Track at the end of each topic or each term.
The lessons give learners the chance to take part in a range of investigations using different scientific skills. Each lesson follows a similar format with input from real-life scientists – objectives are clearly stated, as are the scientific skills pupils will be using. A Mission Starter gives learners a chance to explore a scientific question using existing knowledge, whilst Rocket Words from previous lessons are recapped and new ones introduced, focusing on vocabulary, which our pupils need immersing in. Mission Assignments see pupils having a go and quizzes are provided to inform ongoing summative assessment.
Children will be engaged and enthusiastic about science in school – using their naturally inquisitive minds to further their own learning.
Staff and pupil voice, book looks and learning walks, will gather feedback about the science curriculum at Langley Mill. These actions along with use of summative and formative data will demonstrate the impact of science teaching and inform future actions, in order to continue to develop a curriculum tailored to our children’s needs which is embedded and engaging.
Below are links to each year groups overview for 2020-21. Topics are taught one per half term in five half terms per year. Each overview includes links to Key Objectives, Key Vocabulary, Famous Scientists linked to this topic and Reading across the curriculum.
Below is a link to some useful websites. This includes the Oak National Academy which provides lessons across the curriculum if you are having to home school during lockdown: