Our aim at Landgate School is to create learning opportunities that inspire students to develop an enquiring mind about the world while achieving their personal yet challenging targets. We enable learners to develop practical skills and an understanding of science knowledge, as well as stimulating curiosity about everyday life.
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 seeks to engage and challenge 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.
Curriculum information by Key Stage:-
Key Stage 1 & 2
At Landgate, primary learners are assessed against Primary Learning Ladders which encompass The P Scales (stages 1-9) and National Curriculum Year expectations (stages 10-15).
Primary classes participate in weekly Science sessions enabling them to acquire, develop and apply their learning. Primary Science is planned and delivered by the lead class teacher.
Key Stage 3
Learners are assessed against Flight Paths which are a breakdown of P scales and National Curriculum year expectations. Learners are placed onto a pathway dependent on their science skills and knowledge; ensuring personalised learning.
Key Stage 4
Learners currently study Science via AQA Entry Level accredited units through to GSCE. 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 three externally set assessments.