The teaching of science at Lady Margaret Primary School helps children to develop useful knowledge, skills and attitudes about the world we live in.

Our aims in teaching science at Lady Margaret Primary School

Science has, and continues to, change our lives in many ways. It is vital for the world’s future prosperity. At Lady Margaret Primary School, we want to ensure all pupils have a sense of excitement and curiosity about the natural world in which they live and instill in them the belief that if they are not sure about something, they should inquire.

As a scientists, we ask questions about the things we see in our world because we are scientists, we encourage the children do not guess we answer our questions by:

  • looking carefully
  • investigating
  • researching

The above statement outlines the approach to science here at Lady Margaret School.  Every child is a scientist. Every child is encouraged to ask the question why.  Every child is encouraged to find the answer.

As our children are scientists, we structure the curriculum to ensure that their learning is developed through observing, investigating and researching, with the teacher facilitating and enabling learning rather than simply giving information.

How science is taught at Lady Margaret Primary School

Science is a core subject and is taught through units of work linking to our class topics to provide meaningful contexts for learning. Teachers identify key questions related to the learning objective and plan activities with an emphasis on scientific enquiry.

Children are encouraged to question, form conclusions and test their ideas through whole class, group or individual investigations and project work.Science is not just limited to the classroom. During their time at LMPS, children widen their experiences by participating in educational visits. Examples of these include the Science Museum, the Wetland Centre, Kew Gardens and Odds Farm.

By the end of year 6, we want pupils to:

  • Have developed a love and passion for the subject.
  • Have a good scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding of science.
  • Have the confidence and ability to carry out, and report on, science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
  • Be equipped with scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

How can you support your child at home?

You should have no anxieties regarding your own scientific knowledge. The aim is to develop your child’s love of science. Engage your child in meaningful play and exploration. Simple, everyday tasks usually involve science such as cooking, gardening and using electrical appliances.

Get them involved, ask him/her questions, get them to explain things to you and find out together. You do not always have to give him/her the ‘right answer’. Alternatively, there are several websites that can support your child’s scientific education at home. Here are some suggestions:

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