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Longcause Community Special School Learning for Life




We all live in a world where science is all around us.  Whether it is deciding what we are going to eat in order to stay healthy, looking after a favourite pet, understanding how the lights in our house work, knowing why the seasons change or understanding how scientists can help the police catch criminals, it is important that we all learn the various scientific strands and how they help shape our lives.  


At Longcause we have created a curriculum which simultaneously intrigues and teaches our pupils to better understand what they see in the world around them in a way which is both accessible and engaging for them. We strive to inspire pupils to experiment, observe and investigate not only within in specific science sessions but within other subjects and when playing. In order to best support our pupils we deliver science through weekly specific sessions in class planned upon previous attainment and offer continuous provision for exploration and investigation to those pupils in lower school whilst encouraging all pupils to become increasingly curious and exploratory across their timetables.


Our pupils learn science through our coverage maps, which can be seen in the phase pages below.  These maps ensure pupils are taught an even coverage of biology, chemistry and physics and also the strands within this, such as living things and their habitats, plants and humans etc.  At Longcause we believe that one of the most important things we can teach our pupils is to be curious and enquiring and this drives our intention that all science planning is led by a fourth strand called 'working scientifically', which is taught termly. Biology, Physics and Chemistry become vehicles for the delivery of 'working scientifically', ensuring that our pupils are always learning to ask and answer questions about the world around them.


We understand how important the acquisition of science capital is and how beneficial this is for our pupils, so the opportunities to reinforce scientific learning are purposely created and explored when and where possible both within the school as well as on trips to see science in action.