2017 - 2018
In September 2016 Meadlands was awarded the Primary Science Silver Quality mark
Dani Mace, Nursery Teacher, Science Leader
Science is alive at Meadlands. From Twitter messaging with Tim Peake to monitoring the birds that visit our grounds, children are encouraged to be curious about the wonderful world around them. In 2016 we were awarded the Silver Quality Mark for Science.
At Meadlands we deliver a high quality science education, providing the foundations for understanding the world. Our pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. We encourage children to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. The children are able to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
We teach science through ‘hands on’ investigations and use the outdoors as much as possible. We focus on providing the children with key knowledge and concepts at each key stage, including scientific skills and specific terminology. We address misconceptions as they arise, through fair testing, research and experimentation.
At Meadlands we hold a variety of scientific events throughout the year, including grounds day and a whole school science week. We benefit from a range of visitors whom use scientific skills in their everyday lives, from doctors, wildlife experts and botanists! Pupils are also given ample opportunity to use literacy and mathematics skills within science lessons, taking a cross curricular approach. They are also taught key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions. These types of scientific enquiry include: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources.
Meadlands follows the national curriculum for science which aims to ensure that all pupils:
develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
As part of science week we were lucky enough to have Professor Bubbleworks come to visit us here at Meadlands. He excited us all in assembly showing us the force of air and the different ways we can use it. This was followed by workshops for each class looking at rockets and how air can be used to power them.
We also had an assembly by Andrew from the National Physical Laboratory. He showed us the effects of liquid nitrogen and how it can deflate a balloon! He also discussed the different temperatures from the hottest to the coldest known!
Early years and KS1 had the opportunity to come back into school for our ‘Science After Dark’ session. The children worked with their parents exploring the hands on science activities from making balloon rockets to our kitchen potion lab.