As one of the core subjects taught in Primary Schools, we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires. At Lady Bankes Primary School we aim to recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life.
Our curriculum is aimed at increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with Science that allow children to explore the world around them.
Exploring science is an embodiment of our school values - giving every child a chance to fulfil their Ambition, work Together, seize Opportunies, demonstrate Respect, satisfy their Curiosity and experience Happiness.
We endeavour to teach children those transferable skills that enable them to reach other areas of the curriculum by providing opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence and at the same time try to use scientific learning to help support basic skills such as data handling and explanation.
Science allows the natural curiosity of the child to develop and we aim to promote this discovery whilst allowing children to use and respect the world around them: both the physical environment and the living organisms. We encourage outdoor learning where possible and encourage visits to the wealth of other resources in our vicinity e.g. the Natural History and Science museums in London, the annual New Scientist Schools Day, the Nature Centre in Iver and The Look Out Discovery Centre in Bracknell. Venturing further afield, Year 5 have an annual residential visit to Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium. We also run regular after school science clubs, and workshops for more able pupils.
At Lady Bankes our science teaching offers opportunities for children to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific topics covered. Through the use of varied teaching methods we hope that our children will be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future. Lessons include the use of a range of methods to communicate scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including I.C.T., diagrams, graphs and charts. We expect the children to develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle with regard to their own, and other children’s safety.
Key Stage 1 and 2 use the National Curriculum to provide a structure and skill development for the science curriculum being taught across the school. In Early years, Science is taught through the children learning about the world around them whilst they learn through play. We strive to ensure that the impact of the Science curriculum we provide will give children the confidence and motivation to continue to further develop their skills into the next stage of their education and life experiences. This confidence is displayed through our annual science week. Evidence of skill development is recorded in the assessment of work in children's science books which informs our end of unit summative learning records.