How we teach Science
At Mansfield Primary Academy Science is taught in a practical and engaging way to ensure a love for learning is produced.
The 2014 national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
● develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
● develop 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 skills required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. We understand that it is important for lessons to have a skills-based focus, and that the knowledge can be taught through this
At Mansfield Primary Academy, we encourage children to be inquisitive throughout their time at the school and beyond. The Science curriculum encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. At Mansfield Primary Academy we follow the Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum to ensure that all pupils engage in a rich and creative curriculum whereby they develop scientific skills and can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently and continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings.
Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards in science. Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves the following;
Science will be taught following the Essentials Curriculum Milestones. These will be used over a two year cycle showing clear progression.
Planning will be conducted by small teams following the same Milestones. Planning will split into the concepts of working Scientifically, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Planning will be creative and engaging to ensure that all children are enthusiastic about developing their knowledge and using their scientific skills independently.
Children are offered a wide range of extra-curricular activities, visits, trips and visitors to complement and broaden the curriculum. These are purposeful and link with the knowledge being taught in class. Events, such as Science Week or project days allow all pupils to provide broader provision and the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills.
The successful approach at Mansfield Primary Academy 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. The outcomes in Science books evidence a broad range of scientific knowledge that focus on working scientifically, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
. Children review the agreed successes at the end of every session and are actively encouraged to identify their own target areas, with support from their teachers. Children also record what they have learned comparative to their starting points at the end of every topic. Emphasis is placed on the ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically. Children require the confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in planning and carrying out scientific investigations which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings to help them understand the world in which we live.
Assessment for learning is continuous throughout the planning, teaching and learning cycle. Children are assessed in Science against the National Curriculum objectives which have been cross referenced at Mansfield Primary Academy with the Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum.
Assessment is supported by use of the following strategies:
- Observing children at work, individually, in pairs, in a group and in class during whole class teaching.
- Providing children with the opportunity to work scientifically when problem solving and use their knowledge to investigate STEM activities in which require explanations.
- Using differentiated, open-ended questions that require children to explain and unpick their understanding.
- Providing effective feedback, including interactive marking through green pen questions where appropriate, to engage children with their learning and to provide opportunities for self-assessment, consolidation, depth and target setting.
- Book moderation and monitoring of outcomes of work, to evaluate the range and balance of work and to ensure that tasks meet the needs of different learners, with the acquisition of the pre-identified key knowledge of each topic being evidenced through the outcomes.