“The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers but the one who asks the right questions.”

Claude Levi-Strauss


Science is central to our understanding of the world and our aim in teaching science at Lady Barn is to reflect the importance of the subject in our everyday lives.  We help the children to understand the world around them, whilst kindling and encouraging in them a real appreciation for Science in all its diverse and fascinating forms.

We aim to develop a set of attitudes in the pupils which promote scientific ways of thinking. These include open-mindedness, perseverance, objectivity and recognition of the value of teamwork, especially in practical experiments.


Science at Lady Barn is presented in practical and relevant contexts designed to arouse natural curiosity and create independent learners and thinkers.

There is a strong emphasis on practical investigation as we believe that actually doing and experiencing Science enables the discovery of scientific concepts far better than reading about them in a book. Children are encouraged to plan investigations, observe and measure results and record, present and interpret their findings. Through discussion and open ended questioning pupils are encouraged to think about scientific concepts and to practise the vocabulary and language of Science.

A designated Science laboratory enables the children to learn in a stimulating scientific environment. Pupils wear lab coats and safety goggles during practical work enhancing their scientific experience.

Children are born curious about the world around them and from an early age have asked, ‘Why?’ In Science, we aim to nurture and harness that natural curiosity.

Science at Lady Barn is fun, exciting, relevant and challenging. The practical, hands on approach captures pupils’ interest, stimulates lively discussion and develops critical thinking skills. Pupils are encouraged to understand the importance of Science in their future as citizens, living and working in an ever more scientific and technological environment.