During our Summer Term LPS Review week, members of the Pupil Voice Group and the AoLe leader undertook classroom visits, Workbook Scrutiny and Listening to Learners activities.
We identified the following strengths related to our Action Plan:
In all classes, nearly all pupils achieve the expected levels and can apply scientific skills to their inquiry. An example of this is in KS2, where children have demonstrated the ability to plan, reflect and develop scientific inquiry using good scientific understanding.
In all classes, there has been a range of activities undertaken – demonstrating an increase confidence in teaching approaches by staff. This is demonstrated through workbook scrutiny, for example in FP where there have been pupil inquiries on water and life cycle processes and KS2 looking at electric circuits and forces.
All pupils within the PVG have made improvements with their DCF skills, communicating their work to the wider community – evident in their work on the school promotional video (to be completed).
All PVG members have helped monitor ICT and Science subjects during review weeks, which has helped them improve their own leadership, as well as helped subject progression.
Nearly all pupils have achieved expected levels within the Science and Technology subject areas, with the minority achieving above the expected levels. This has been highlighted within pupil workbooks, teacher planning and Incerts.
Work book scrutiny has shown that most pupils are able to confidently use their scientific understanding, for example in lower KS2 pupils have commented on how gravity has influenced their paper helicopter inquiry results.
Our next steps are:
Implement steps towards adopting the ICT-side of the new Science & Technology curriculum for 2022 by monitoring and embedding the new ICT scheme of work, tailored towards that curriculum.
Promote and increase STEM activities in all classes (aside from use of external agency resources) by planning for its use within Cornerstones topics.
Streamline science ‘planning board’ approaches across the school - AoLe leader to communicate approach to class teachers. This should result in improved confidence and independence in pupil-led inquiries through Missions.