This is a Good School

Ofsted says "Pupils achieve well and make good progress"

Teaching is good

"Teachers and TAs work together very well to support pupils' development."

Governance is strong

"Governors understand the strengths and weaknesses of the school"

Pupils achieve well

"They make good progress from their starting points in reading, writing and mathematics"

Pupils' behaviour is good

"They demonstrate high levels of respect and are considerate of each other's needs."

Teaching is good

"Teachers and TAs work together very well to support pupils' development."

Curriculum design is inspiring

"It is complemented by an extensive range of enrichment activities"

Pupils achieve well

"They make good progress from their starting points in reading, writing and mathematics"

Pupils' behaviour is good

"They demonstrate high levels of respect and are considerate of each other's needs."

Science

Curriculum Intent

At Leighterton we believe that science is an important area of every child’s learning and is a fantastic way of developing not only their scientific knowledge and understanding; but also of their curiosity, fascination and interest in the world around them.

We aim to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum by:

  • developing scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • developing understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • Equipping children with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

We aim to enable children to:

  • develop scientific knowledge and understanding
  • develop scientific enquiry skills
  • ask questions about the world they live in and make simple predictions about what might happen if…
  • look carefully at the world around them and use their five senses to say what it is like
  • be able to use observations to sort and measure things
  • record their findings in drawings, charts, words and tables
  • explain how to make their test fair and explain why it is fair
  • say what happened and explain trends in their results
  • have an everyday working knowledge of Science so they can apply it to their everyday lives
  • make use of IT, English and Mathematical skills
  • work safely

Science Implementation 

At Leighterton Primary School our science curriculum is built around the statutory content of the National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Alongside this we utilise our beautiful extensive grounds to enhance all learning. 

Foundation Stage: The most relevant early years outcomes for Science are taken from the following areas of learning:

  • Physical development
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design.

Science is a core subject; the National Curriculum programmes of study include:

  • KS1: working scientifically, plants, animals including humans, everyday materials, seasonal changes and living things and their habitats
  • LKS2: working scientifically, plants, animals including humans, rocks, light, forces and magnets, living things and their habitats, states of matter, sound and electricity.
  • UKS2: working scientifically, living things and their habitats, animals including humans, properties and changes of materials, Earth and space, forces, evolution and inheritance, light and electricity.

 At Leighterton, the content of the curriculum is taught around a two-year rolling programme of cross-curricular themes. Each topic is progressive and builds on prior learning.

Science Curriculum Impact

Having followed our Science curriculum, children will leave Leighterton Primary School as curious scientists with an extensive scientific knowledge and a thirst for more.

Through ongoing classroom assessment, the teaching team know which children have met or have not met the expected outcomes in Science. Our curriculum is designed to be sequential building on areas worked on in previous years, allowing children to build on their previous skills and allowing peer-to-peer support across many areas of the curriculum.  Our expectations are high and we aim to equip children to use Science throughout their lives academically and socially.