Science

Intent

At Mabe, it is our intention to recognise the importance of science in every aspect of daily life and offer a broad and balanced science curriculum. We give the teaching and learning of science the prominence it requires. The scientific area of learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with science as a process of enquiry. We intend to deliver a vocabulary rich science curriculum which builds on children’s prior knowledge; not only from previous lessons in their current academic year group, but on the learning that took place in previous year groups. Teachers will ensure that children are exposed to high quality teaching a learning experiences which will hook the children’s interest, giving them a sense of excitement and curiosity. Children will be given opportunity to study a variety of famous scientists during their time at Mabe School, inspiring them now and in the future.

 

Implementation

Teachers at Mabe School use the PLAN resources (www.planassessment.com), which ensure coverage of the full National Curriculum is taught progressively throughout the school, and allows teachers to build on what has been taught previously when planning and delivering a new science unit. When and where appropriate, science units may link to the class topic and/or the local area.

Teachers plan practical lessons for the children at our school which allow children to experience new scientific concepts using a ‘hands-on’ approach which is both engaging and memorable.

Our curriculum encourages children to think deeply and ask questions about new scientific topics, whilst considering their own approaches to answer key questions using enquiry-based approaches. They ask questions about what they observe and make some decisions about which types of scientific enquiry are likely to be the best ways of answering them, including observing changes over time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative and fair tests and finding things out using secondary sources of information. They draw simple conclusions and use scientific language to talk and write about what they have found out.

Memorable knowledge and vocabulary have been identified for each of the units to provide progressive acquisition of knowledge. This is supported by the use knowledge organisers. Teachers regularly refer to this knowledge and key vocabulary with meanings so that it ‘sticks’. This enables children to readily apply knowledge and vocabulary to their written, mathematical and verbal communication of skills.

 

Impact

The successful approach to the teaching of science at Mabe School will result in a fun, engaging, high quality science education, that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world that they can take with them once they complete their primary education.

At Mabe, we assess children’s prior knowledge (taught in previous year groups) before beginning a new unit. This allows for misconceptions and gaps to be addressed more immediately rather than building on insecure scientific foundations. The children are then assessed formally using quizzes at the beginning and end of a new unit so that progression is evident and misconceptions can be identified and addressed. Formative assessments are carried out during and/or at the end of each science lesson, to allow teachers to plan accordingly for the following lesson. These assessments identify work to praise and share at the beginning of the next lesson, children that need further support, children that need further challenge and any misconceptions that have occurred.

 

Children at Mabe School will:

  • demonstrate a love of science work and an interest in further study and work in this field
  • retain knowledge that is pertinent to science with a real life context.
  • be able to question ideas and reflect on knowledge.
  • be able to articulate their understanding of scientific concepts and be able to reason scientifically using rich language linked to science.
  • demonstrate mathematical skills through their work, organising, recording and interpreting results.
  • work collaboratively and practically to investigate and experiment.

Mabe School’s science curriculum

Below you will find our school’s exciting and inspiring science curriculum.

In green you will find the scientists which teachers select from in order to inspire the children in their class, as well as broadening their knowledge of people that have made discoveries in the past. In yellow, you will see special events in the science calendar, which teachers have the creative freedom to include in their lessons to inspire the children. Red indicates the overarching topic that the children in that class will be studying.


The 5 scientific enquiry types
 
The children at Mabe School will develop an understanding of the 5 enquiry types through practical application at least once in every year group throughout the school year. As children become more familiar with them, they are then able to make their own decisions about which type is best suited to answering a scientific question.

 

An example knowledge organiser


 

Science Week!

Each year, Mabe school takes part in British Science Week. It’s fantastic to see the children at our school become excited and inspired about what science has to offer them both now and in the future. Over the past two years, experiences for our children have included:

  •          Whole school skittles investigations
  •          Visits to the University of Exeter
  •          A visit from a geologist
  •          Taking part in the ‘Prickle Project’ (tracking hedgehogs in the local area)
  •          A visit and talk from a local doctor
  •          A hands-on ‘Make your own volcano’ workshop
  •          The creation of a pollination garden
  •          A solar powered battery workshop delivered by a local company
  •          Collaboration with our 2 local secondary schools (Falmouth Comprehensive and Penryn College)
  •          Live Teams sessions with Charlestown Primary School (also part of Kernow Learning) to share and compare scientific experiences and findings
  •          A whole school ‘soap powered boat’ experiment
  •          Entering the ‘Spaceport Cornwall’ and ‘lab coat design’ poster competitions

 Spaceport poster competition

Well done to Myles who whose work was in the top 10 in the Newquay Spaceport poster competition!