Science at Mesty Croft Academy
“We must have perseverance & above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, & that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” Marie Curie, Radioactivity Researcher & Nobel Prize Record-Setter
Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge. Stephen Hawking
At Mesty Croft Academy we believe:
- Science activities will allow our children to explore, investigate, design, build, experiment and question the world around them – and beyond!
- Science links into our core values – inspirational, inclusive and collaborative. We will give our children many cross-curricular opportunities to learn.
- Science lessons will be child-led, fun, practical, exciting and thought-provoking with links to real-life problem-solving.
- Science learning is a time for children to explore their curiosity.
- It is child-led which means that children undertake practical experiments to investigate questions they pose.
- They predict and then explore questions on a number of topics.
- In addition, they build skills around scientific enquiry and problem solving and learning about life processes and living things, materials and their properties and physical processes.
- Children are confident in doing Science subjects by demonstrating a willingness to modify ideas and take risks. They seek to collaborate and work co-operatively with their peers.
- Children are able to use maths skills to help solve problems such as:
- measurement of time, mass, volume and length.
- number to understand their data such as tallying, ordering greatest to lowest.
- statistics to create graphs to present data (where appropriate) linked to year group objectives.
- reasoning to understand their findings and present their results.
Topics have been organised so that year groups are covering the same stands of Science at the same time. Also, when there is a themed week such as space week, the topic has been moved to coincide. Most year groups are concluding their Science by exploring different scientists and inventors linked to the topics studied throughout the year.
There are 6 types of scientific enquiry:
- Observing over time
- Identifying, classifying & grouping
- Comparative tests
- Fair testing (KS2 only)
At Mesty Croft, we ensure progression in the skills of scientific enquiry by including these different types of enquiry across the year linked to each unit.
Science is taught with a 'Big Question' which at the end the children will answer as either a written piece or a statistical piece of work.
Developing children's understanding of key scientific vocabulary is crucial so each unit has a focus on those key words. A glossary of the key vocabulary is included at the start of each unit in the children's Science books.