“The Science of today is the technology of tomorrow” – Edward Teller

Intent

At Mersey Park we endeavour to provide all children with a purposeful, progressive, language rich science curriculum which is engaging and inclusive of all, encouraging children to be inquisitive throughout their time at the school and beyond.

We follow Science Bug as a curriculum start point for our lessons and adapt this to take into account the children’s needs, abilities and interests. We have identified that our children benefit from hands on learning, exposure to a wide range of vocabulary and opportunities for discussion and interaction so we endeavour to keep this at the heart of the development of our Science Curriculum.

We strive to ensure all learners, including vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils, develop their scientific knowledge and understanding through providing children with a wealth of high-quality, hands on enquiries and by seeking out every opportunity to use our local environment to enhance the curriculum. We ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are built-on and developed throughout children’s time at the school so that they can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently and continue to ask questions and be inquisitive about their surroundings.

A range of scientists, who have shaped the world we live in today, are studied throughout the year groups and their contributions to our modern day lives discussed. Through this we aim to develop a curiosity and interest in the nature, process and methods of science and as a result create learners who are equipped with the skills and knowledge to help them understand how science can affect our lives today and in the future. 

End points are taken from Science Bug, National Curriculum Aims and Target Tracker and are looked at every half term, and with some objectives discussed and revisited every lesson.

Implementation

Starting in Foundation, our children are given lots of opportunities to explore and investigate, through first hand exploration. We aim to develop lively, enquiring minds.  Science is taught through the areas of learning in accordance with the EYFS document and the National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2. Topics are carefully planned in sequence to ensure new learning is build upon prior knowledge and experiences.

Teachers are provided with regular opportunities to enhance their subject knowledge, share good practice and collaborate on planning. As well as this, teachers are encouraged to share expertise, team teach lessons where appropriate and make use of online expert demonstrations.

We design our Science topics to help develop an understanding of the world that we live in and aims to stimulate a child’s curiosity to find out how and why things happen in the way they do. We encourage methods of enquiry and investigation to inspire creative thought. Children learn to ask scientific questions and are encouraged to engage in questioning and discussion about science-based issues which affect their lives, the society in which they live and the world as a whole.

Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in science.

The objectives of teaching science at Mersey Park are to enable children to:

  • ask and answer scientific questions
  • actively explore the environment
  • plan and carry out scientific investigations
  • evaluate evidence, and present their conclusions clearly and accurately
  • build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years
  • engage with problem solving activities that allow children to find things out for themselves

Quizzes are used at the start of every lesson to revise prior learning, reinforce key information and concepts and correct misunderstandings. This regular revision of key knowledge allows pupils time to embed this into their long-term memory. Key facts are also revised every science lesson through the use of Knowledge Organisers that contain key vocabulary, sticky knowledge and information about significant individuals from that scientific field.

 

 

Working Scientifically skills are embedded into lessons to ensure these skills are being developed throughout the children’s school career and new vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching and hands on experiences. This is developed through the years, in-keeping with the topics. We use precise questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills, and assess children regularly to identify those children with gaps in learning.

Teachers also find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning and workshops with experts. Mersey Park children also get the possibility of learning about careers in science through our close links with Liverpool University Science department, who collaborate with us on our annual Science Week. Activities centre on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in order to promote future careers in this field.

 

 

Impact

The successful approach at Mersey Park results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundations and knowledge for understanding the world.

Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first hand experiences of the world around them. Frequent, continuous and progressive learning outside the classroom is embedded throughout the science curriculum. Through various workshops, trips and interactions with experts, children have the understanding that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity.

Children learn the possibilities for careers in science, as a result of our community links and connection with national agencies ensuring that children have access to positive role models within the field of science from the immediate and wider local community. Children at Mersey Park overwhelmingly enjoy science and this results in motivated learners with sound scientific understanding.

By the end of KS2 we aim for our mini scientists to have developed inquisitive minds, critical thinking skills and a thirst for knowledge. They should have problem solving skills to a variety of situations with increasing proficiency, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios. They should have a passion for the conservation of our local area and feel confident in using scientific knowledge to discuss significant scientific issues which affect our lives today and in the future.

 

Click below to view our Science Curriculum for all year groups:

Science Curriculum Overview

Click below to view the curriculum expectations across the year groups for Science:

Mersey Park Curriculum Expectations

Click below to view our Scientists Overview for all year groups:

Scientists Overview

 

Science at Mersey Park

 

 

Investigating Forces

 

 

British Science Week

As part of British Science Week all year groups undertook an adventurous investigation or exploration. Have a browse at the galleries below to see some of the work we did:

DNA Science Workshop delivered by Liverpool University students

 

 

 

REPORT TO GOVERNORS – SPRING 2019 

Science Governors Report