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. As well as class science lessons we offer after school clubs in investigation, healthy helpers gardening club, chicken club and cookery club with a scientific twist. In 2016 as well as applying for the Silver Quality Mark (result due in the autumn term) we took part in a Guinness World Record longest DNA strand competition, won gold in the Richmond in Bloom grounds competition and had our scarecrows at Hampton Court Flower show.
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 wildlife watches, 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:
2015 - 2016