At Landgate School, our aim is to create learning opportunities that inspire students to develop an enquiring mind about the world and to achieve their personal and aspiring targets. We provide learners with opportunities for dedicated discussions, creative investigations, problem solving and practical science. As learners develop their scientific skills and knowledge and understanding, they are provided with experiences to make connections to other curriculum areas (STEM).
The national curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop 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
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
We follow the requirements of the National Curriculum and deliver lessons in a way that engages and challenges learners, linking practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. The Curriculum has been devised in collaboration with a Department for Education (DfE) Science Advisor, the Science department at our Federated School – Oakfield High School and our Science department to give students the best possible learning experience and outcomes.
First Foundations and Key Stage 1- Learners are offered scientific experiences primarily as part of the knowledge and understanding area of learning and through a continuous provision model which enables learners to progress according to their needs and personal interests.
Key Stage 1 and 2- classes participate in sessions which enable them to acquire, develop and apply their learning. Lessons contain a range of activities involving investigation, enquiry and observation. Classes access the science curriculum through weekly academic lessons or through continuous provision according to their individual needs.
Primary learners are assessed against Primary Learning Ladders stages 1-15. Science is assessed according to the three main areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Key Stage 3- Learners access a specified science room and attend subject specific lessons which seek to develop enquiring minds and the ability to work scientifically to increase understanding.
Learners are assessed against Flight Paths. Learners are placed onto a pathway dependent on their science skills and knowledge, ensuring personalised learning.
Key Stage 4- Learners currently study appropriately challenging accreditations (please see long term plans) which range from Pre-Entry to Entry Level 3. All include the study of Biology, Physics and Chemistry which are assessed via teacher devised assignments in the form of investigative and practical work and externally set assessments.
Key Stage 5- Learners follow a vocational model that seeks to develop learners’ use of knowledge in the real world through offering courses for Horticulture and Duke of Edinburgh.