At Long Ditton St Mary’s, our vision for science is for all children to become scientifically literate through our collaborative and investigative approach, which is based on a balance of skills and knowledge, in turn developing children’s curiosity and excitement for the subject.
Our vision is supported by our science principles which we use to help guide our teaching and learning.
We aim for science to be a practical subject, which stimulates children’s curiosity about the world we live in. The children use first-hand experiences and investigations to explore, discover and gain scientific knowledge.
Emphasis is placed on:
- Understanding of the basic concepts of science;
- Encouraging a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena;
- Questioning where pupils ask themselves – How? Why? And, What if…;
- Independent and analytical thinking;
- Reflecting on how science has changed our world;
- Recognising how living things have changed over time and the difference between the theory of evolution and creationism.
We want to ensure that the children’s learning in science will foster responsible attitudes towards the environment and all living things.
As well as our lessons in class, we plan and deliver an annual science week, to really engage the children in the excitement of discovering more about the world around them. An annual science competition also allows to independently apply our learning and show off our creative skills.
LDSM is proud to have been awarded a Primary School Quality Mark (PSQM) for science in 2019.
The PSQM programme ensures effective leadership of science, enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning. Schools that achieve PSQM demonstrate commitment and expertise in science teaching and leadership.