Subject leader: Mrs Gibbins
At Northlands, we aim to inspire our pupils through science. We are keen to ensure that pupils gain the required scientific knowledge and we also feel that a hands-on experience is a great way to do this. We hope for our children to leave Northlands with a curiosity about the world and how it works as well as the beginnings of a scientific way of thinking. Finally, we seek to get pupils to see that science can become a career and to remove preconceptions about who can become a scientist and who cannot.
Science is delivered through a bespoke planning scheme which closely follows the national curriculum objectives. Pupils study a new topic each half term and begin by researching a significant scientist and then they follow a pattern of study which allows them to improve their understanding, knowledge and hands on experience in that specific area of science. Pupils complete fair tests in both key stages and learn to think scientifically. We also look for links to English, Maths and DT.
As can be seen from the images, we have a balance of scientific knowledge (see the image of the writing work on the human heart) and hands-on experience (see image of the pupils examining a real life lamb's heart). We also believe our children see science as a feasible career (something we really focussed on during our science day) and myths about who can and who cannot be a scientist were dispelled. The overwhelming majority of pupils make good or better progress.