Science at The Meadows

We study science at The Meadows because we are inspired by the world around us and the way it works!

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Overview and Plans

We enjoy learning all about the world around us and how it works! Our learning in science is often practical, and we like to use our local environment as much as we can. When we're working on an investigation, we often start with a question we would like to find out more about. After this, we talk about what we already know. We then make a plan, which involves selecting all the best equipment for the job. Making a prediction about what we think will happen tests our knowledge of science! As we carry out a test, we have to ensure that it is a fair one. Collecting results and making observations are also an important part of the process. Only when we have done this are we able to learn something, and perhaps answer the question we started with. We build new knowledge together. We are able to use conclusions to help us to reflect on what we have learned.

During the academic year 2020-21, our focus is on 'Year B' plans; however, plans have been adjusted in the light of school closures so that children can catch up on missed learning and make appropriate links between themes:

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Our Curriculum

We enjoy learning all about the world around us. Within our Big Picture themes, we follow the National Curriulum and gain new knowledge and skills. We learn all about plants, animals, living things and their habitats, rocks, states of matter, materials and the changes that happen to them, light, sound, forces and magnets, electricity and the Earth in space. We learn how to ask questions, make observations, carry out tests, gather date and classify things. When we become more confident, we also learn to compare results of investigations, use a range of equipment, report on our findings and draw conclusions. We learn how to use scientific evidence to help us. 

Science in the Early Years

Children's natural curiosity provides the starting point for learning, and we find out about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. we enjoy talking about the features of different environments.  We learn how to make observations of animals and plants and explain changes.  

Our Vegetable Garden

We are working hard to develop our vegetable garden, where we have grown many different types of vegetables, including carrots, pumpkins and purple-sprouting broccoli! We look after the soil and learn about what plants need to grow well. 

Primary Science Quality Mark Gilt

The gilt award builds on the success of our silver award. In September Primary Science Quality Marks have been awarded to 230 infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.  So far, since its national launch in 2010, over 3000 schools across the UK have achieved the award.

 

The Primary School Quality Mark scheme enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning. The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in collaboration with the Primary Science Teaching Trust.

Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school.  The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each awarded school is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure scientific understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”