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In July 2021 Meadlands was awarded the Primary Science Silver Quality Mark!

 

Subject Leader: Miss Hopley 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Link to Science Policy

 

Curriculum Intent

Science is alive at Meadlands. From Twitter messaging with astronaut Tim Peake to observing the birds that visit our grounds, pupils are encouraged to be curious about the wonderful and natural world around them. At Meadlands, we believe that science is a combination of knowledge and development of scientific skills, such as pattern-seeking and research. We want our pupils to become critical thinkers, who can challenge and question ideas and test out their hypotheses. We want our pupils to recognise the impact of human living on the environment and become future citizens who care and respect the world around them.  

 

We challenge the stereotypes of the traditional ‘scientist’ and show children real, diverse scientists with Science Heroes for each topic with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths). We encourage children to be inspired by our heroes, to be courageous and to take risks through working collaboratively. 

 

Children learn methods of scientific enquiry and how to ask questions to find out specific information. They are taught to use scientific vocabulary accurately and gain knowledge and skills not just in the classroom, but also through educational visits and reading.

 

We promote positive mindset and resilience so that our children attain their best, are challenged to achieve their best and leave Meadlands Primary School ready for their secondary education and beyond. It enables them to want to learn and enjoy creating work that allows them to reach a high standard in all areas of the curriculum, with enough time given for researching, discussing, proofreading and redrafting. Having the confidence to take risks is valued and ‘having a go’ encouraged in all areas of the Science curriculum. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curriculum Implementation

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 them to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They can understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

 

The curriculum is mapped out into specific units, which incorporate the knowledge and skills children will gain by the end of each half term; these are sequenced to build on prior learning progressively through year groups. At Meadlands, we follow 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 an 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

 

Science lends itself to many cross-curricular links, which are planned and indicated in advance, for children to meet their English targets, demonstrate maths skills and apply other learning through the subject. Real-life experiences enhance learning in Science and enable children to gain knowledge and skills not just in the classroom, but also through engaging activities such as:

  • Visits to our wildlife and pond area to search for Minibeasts
  • Trips to Kew Gardens to explore different plants from around the world
  • Outdoor learning activities in the allotments which are linked to the Science topic

 

Scientific knowledge and skills are taught creatively; children work towards clearly defined end points, creating opportunities to make connections within and across their learning. Pupils are taught to understand the key concepts that link their learning within Science to other subjects by clearly defined learning intentions for each lesson. Children have frequent opportunities to write at length and read texts linked to their learning in Science; we also promote a strong emphasis on talk throughout the Science curriculum. Relating learning to examples of science in everyday situations enables us to make topics more purposeful, relatable, and engaging. 

 

 

Enquiry skills 

 

At Meadlands Primary School, all children have the opportunity to carry out practical investigations to develop their scientific skills. These are known as 'working scientifically' skills. These enquiry skills support the children to operate as successful scientists. These skills will build upon earlier opportunities from their Early Years of education to play, explore, create, engage in active learning, and think critically. Here we introduce seven science skills that children develop from ages 4 to 11 years:

  • asking questions
  • making predictions
  • setting up tests
  • observing and measuring
  • recording data
  • interpreting and communicating results
  • evaluating

 

Yearly Overviews

 

 

 

Year Group

 

Ongoing

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

(6 week lesson block

from November)

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

1

Working Scientifically

Seasonal Changes

17 Global Goals

Conservation

 

Everyday materials

Everyday materials

(continued)

Plants

Animals, including humans

 

2

Working Scientifically

Living things

and their habitats

 

17 Global Goals

Conservation

 

Uses of everyday materials

Uses of everyday materials

Plants

Animals, including humans

 

3

Working Scientifically

Rocks

17 Global Goals

Conservation

 

Light

Forces & Magnets

Plants

Animals, including humans

 

4

Working Scientifically

Living things

 and their habitats

17 Global Goals

Conservation

 

States of matter

 

Electricity

Sound

Animals, including humans

 

5

Working Scientifically

Living things

and their habitats

17 Global Goals

Conservation

 

Properties and

changes of materials

Forces

Earth and Space

Animals, including humans

 

6

Working Scientifically

Living things

and their habitats

17 Global Goals

Conservation

 

 

Electricity & Light

 

Electricity & Light

Evolution and

Inheritance

Animals, including humans

 

Global Goals

 

Alongside the topics from the National Curriculum, each class explore the 17 Global Goals. These will help support a science education for tomorrow's world. Through this learning we will develop pupils' understanding of economic growth, how to support a better quality of life as well as tackling climate change.

 

 

Year 1

Global Goal 5 – Gender Equality

Year 2

Global Goal 14 – Life Below Water

Year 3

Global Goal 15 – Life on Land

Year 4

Global Goal 13 – Climate Action

Year 5

Global Goal 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation

Year 6

Global Goal 10 – Reduced Inequalities

Global Goal 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production

Global Goal 13 – Climate Action

Global Goal 17 – Partnerships for the Goals

 

 

Each unit is supported by a Knowledge Organiser which details the key facts vocabulary and skills for each unit.

Science Heroes

Examples of work

Curriculum Impact

The successful approach at Meadlands Primary School results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundations and knowledge for understanding the world and becoming global, future citizens. Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first-hand experiences of the world around them. Frequent and progressive learning outside the classroom in our Wildlife areas, allotments and local community is embedded throughout the science curriculum. Through workshops, trips and interactions with experts our children have the understanding that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future sustainability and prosperity. Children learn the possibilities for a myriad of careers in science, as a result of our community links with Grey Court School and St Mary’s University. Our science heroes represent a diverse community of professionals which the children find relatable and inspiring, the exposure to a range of different scientists from various backgrounds encourages all our children to feel they are scientists and capable of achieving. Children at Meadlands Primary School overwhelmingly enjoy science and this results in motivated learners with sound scientific understanding. With our team of teachers consistently using quality assured STEM resources and facilitating scientific enquiries; children have developed a better understanding of the skills they are learning to use and how to apply them across the curriculum in other subjects.  

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