The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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What is science ? Intent

  We believe that science should be a key part of a discovery curriculum, enabling children to ask questions and find answers. Scientific understanding will allow pupils to use key concepts in a range of contexts, both familiar and unfamiliar, and build up confidence in their application of knowledge both in this subject and in other areas.  

We aim to extend children’s natural curiosity and wonder about the world in which they are growing. We encourage questioning and careful observation, measurement and the enjoyment of problem solving.

What does science look like at Lynsted ? - Implementation

We will provide opportunities for pupils to explore ideas and concepts in a range of environments which include the local woodland and the wetland. 

We use the 'Big Question' approach, where children and teachers ask a range of questions and set out to find answers. As children progress through the school they have increasing independence in asking questions and recording answers. We use the 'science house', Floor books and 'a scientific recipe' to help our recording of what we are doing.

We try to promote scientific thinking, observation, hypothesising and the design of fair and controlled experiments. We teach children to draw meaningful conclusions through reasoning and the evaluation of evidence, and to become effective communicators of scientific ideas, facts and data.

 Click here to see our Science curriculum overview which show you the knowledge and skills for each year group. This is built on as the children go through the school.

 Due to our vertical classes knowledge and skills are built on in a rolling program of learning. We have 2 cycles; A and B, teachers assess previous knowledge, plan against the objectives and then assess again at the end of the term

Cycle A


Cycle B
Year 1/2 Year 1/2
Year 3/4 Year 3/4
Year 5/6 Year 5/6

 How can you help at home?

 Science as an area can use a lot of different vocabulary associated with the knowledge and skills which the children are not used to. Below are some recall cards we will be using in school, to support the development of this vocabulary regarding the skills they are learning and you can use these at home as well.

We also provide you with topic webs, which highlight the key knowledge as well as the skills being taught and learnt each term.

Year 1 science recall cards

Year 2 science recall cards

Year 3 science recall cards

Year 4 science recall cards

Year 5 science recall cards

Year 6 science recall cards

Spring Term - Cycle B Webs

 Griffin class


Trolls class

Elf Class 



Pixie Class

This terms topic is 'At the bottom of the garden'. Using the woodland and pond area to look at the plants growing there and the life-cycles of our Lynsted Tadpoles and butterflies.


January 21

BIG science question fortnight - we will be asking questions every day this week to promote our thinking. There are no right or wrong answers, I just want to know what you think.

November 20 

On Friday I spent time in the classes talking to the children about what they have learnt in school in science. I really enjoyed this as the vast majority of children were enthusiastic about science and in general really liked what they have learnt. All teachers have used a range of activities to teach their knowledge and lots of investigation and hands on activities were used. This is good as it means that we can assess science ability, not just on a child’s ability to write things down. There was amazing recall of the knowledge and the things that they have done. Children in KS1 found science easy with more children in KS2 saying it was sometimes a challenge. Children enjoyed working in both groups and their own. They felt they were generally able to succeed in science with varied answers as to whether they found the experiments difficult. As a final thing, I asked the children I spoke to to draw me a scientist – I was expecting an element of stereotyping, a man in a white coat. However we had some amazing pictures which didn’t conform to gender or disability stereotypes at all


October 20 



Pixies have been looking at their bodies this week and identifying different parts. They then had a go at drawing and writing about themselves. They have also been playing with liquids and smells.

September 2020

 We have started the month with lots of science investigations.

Trolls have looked at designing egg capsules and aerodynamics. They have also been to the woods.


August 2020

 We have watched our tadpoles from our pond grow into frogs over lock down and the summer.  Some of us also met some other creatures from our wetland during lock-down. We can't wait till next year to do it all again.


 We have started the month with lots of science investigations.

Trolls have looked at designing egg capsules and aerodynamics. They have also been to the woods.

Griffin have investigated boat design in the 'Penny boat challenge'