The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Science

What is science ? Intent

  We believe that science should be a key part of a discovery curriculum, enabling children to ask questions and find answers. Scientific understanding will allow pupils to use key concepts in a range of contexts, both familiar and unfamiliar, and build up confidence in their application of knowledge both in this subject and in other areas.  

We aim to extend children’s natural curiosity and wonder about the world in which they are growing. We encourage questioning and careful observation, measurement and the enjoyment of problem solving.

What does science look like at Lynsted ? - Implementation NS IMPxt

We will provide opportunities for pupils to explore ideas and concepts in a range of environments which include the local woodland and the wetland. 

We use the 'Big Question' approach, where children and teachers ask a range of questions and set out to find answers. As children progress through the school they have increasing independence in asking questions and recording answers. We use the 'science house', Floor books and 'a scientific recipe' to help our recording of what we are doing.

We try to promote scientific thinking, observation, hypothesising and the design of fair and controlled experiments. We teach children to draw meaningful conclusions through reasoning and the evaluation of evidence, and to become effective communicators of scientific ideas, facts and data.

 Click here to see our Science curriculum overview which show you the knowledge and skills for each class group. Our science curriculum is divided into different areas and will be taught using a progression of skills. 

The Human body 

What is the sticky knowledge?

Children will be able to recall specific scientific facts about humans and their external and internal organs and their uses. . They will demonstrate an understanding of the human body.

Here are some example questions that may be used to assess children’s understanding.

EYFS: Name 5 parts of the human body. What do we use our ears for?

KS1: Name all five senses and which body part is linked to each. What do we have on our tongue that allows us to taste?

KS2: Name 5 key organs of the human body. What are the set of bones called that all humans have ?

Living things 

What is the sticky knowledge?

Children will be able to recall specific scientific facts about animals and their habitats,, appropriate to age. They will demonstrate an understanding of animals, habitats and their environment.
Here are some example questions that may be used to assess children’s understanding.

EYFS: Can you name an animal and where it lives? What animals may live in our school woodland? What do plants need to grow?

KS1: What animals could you find in the Arctic? What do you call a tree that loses its leaves in autumn? Can you name some flowers and plants that may grow in your garden?

KS2: Describe the life cycle of a plant using some scientific vocabulary. Name a range of environments where plants may flourish.  Why would changes to a habitat endanger animals?

Physics and Chemistry

Children will be able to recall specific scientific facts about materials and their properties, at a level appropriate to age.

Here are some example questions that may be used to assess children’s understanding.

EYFS: Can you find me something which is made of metal? Can you sort these objects in different ways? What is the temperature like outside? 

KS1: Can you think of a waterproof object? What material is it made from, and why do you think that is?

KS2: Can you explain the three main states of matter? What is a solution? How would we make a substance dissolve quickly?

Investigation skills

Children will be able to ask and answer a range of questions linked to biology, chemistry and physics, using their answers to link to situations in the real world.

Here are some example questions that may be used to assess children’s understanding.

EYFS: Can you ask a simple question? What does a scientist do?

KS1:
 Can you ask a simple scientific question and say how it might be answered? How do scientists work? Can you name a famous scientist?

KS2: Can you tell us about a time you have conducted a scientific investigation? How do scientists ensure that a test is fair? Can you talk about a famous scientist and what they have discovered?

Due to our vertical classes knowledge and skills are built on in a rolling program of learning. We have 2 cycles; A and B, teachers assess previous knowledge, plan against the objectives and then assess again at the end of the term

Spring Term - Cycle B Webs

 Griffin class

 

Trolls class

Elf Class 

 

 

Pixie Class

Here is how we assess and track science in the Early Years.

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February 21  -  There has been some amazing remote learning happening, just because we are at home it doesn't me we stop asking those questions.

Trolls and magnets - we did a drop off of our school magnets so that our children could experiment with them - the children have asked questions like; is the Earth one big magnet? Is there Iron in our food?

 

Here is an example of William's work.

In school we were also looking for the iron.

Elves have been looking at famous scientists who have worked with different materials and looked at the properties of materials. Here is Gabriel's and Ruby's work.

January 21

BIG science question fortnight - we will be asking questions every day this week to promote our thinking. There are no right or wrong answers, I just want to know what you think.

November 20 

On Friday I spent time in the classes talking to the children about what they have learnt in school in science. I really enjoyed this as the vast majority of children were enthusiastic about science and in general really liked what they have learnt. All teachers have used a range of activities to teach their knowledge and lots of investigation and hands on activities were used. This is good as it means that we can assess science ability, not just on a child’s ability to write things down. There was amazing recall of the knowledge and the things that they have done. Children in KS1 found science easy with more children in KS2 saying it was sometimes a challenge. Children enjoyed working in both groups and their own. They felt they were generally able to succeed in science with varied answers as to whether they found the experiments difficult. As a final thing, I asked the children I spoke to to draw me a scientist – I was expecting an element of stereotyping, a man in a white coat. However we had some amazing pictures which didn’t conform to gender or disability stereotypes at all

 October 20 

  

Pixies have been looking at their bodies this week and identifying different parts. They then had a go at drawing and writing about themselves. They have also been playing with liquids and smells.

September 2020

 We have started the month with lots of science investigations.

Trolls have looked at designing egg capsules and aerodynamics. They have also been to the woods.

Griffin have investigated boat design in the 'Penny boat challenge'

 August 2020

 We have watched our tadpoles from our pond grow into frogs over lock down and the summer.  Some of us also met some other creatures from our wetland during lock-down. We can't wait till next year to do it all again.

How can you help at home?

 Science as an area can use a lot of different vocabulary associated with the knowledge and skills which the children are not used to. Below are some recall cards we will be using in school, to support the development of this vocabulary regarding the skills they are learning and you can use these at home as well.

We also provide you with topic webs, which highlight the key knowledge as well as the skills being taught and learnt each term.

Year 1 science recall cards

Year 2 science recall cards

Year 3 science recall cards

Year 4 science recall cards

Year 5 science recall cards

Year 6 science recall cards