At Maltby Redwood Academy, we recognise the importance of science in every aspect of daily life. We therefore encourage children to be inquisitive throughout their time at the school and beyond. The science curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity in children about our the world they live in and promotes respect for the living and non-living. We aim to do this by offering a range of exciting experiences including hands on, practical experiments, inviting in specialists and organising school visits. As much as possible, we also link our science themes with other curriculum areas, which provides a creative scheme of work and reflects a balanced programme of study.
We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. Throughout the programmes of study, the children will acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group, as well as the application of scientific skills. 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 curious about their surroundings
At Maltby Redwood Academy, in conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our science teaching offers opportunities for children to:
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;
be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.
develop the essential scientific enquiry skills to deepen their scientific knowledge.
Use a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including I.C.T., diagrams, graphs and charts.
Develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle with regard to their own, and other children’s safety.
Develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery.
Children have weekly lessons in Science throughout Key Stage 1 and 2, using various programmes of study and resources. In Early years, science is taught through the children learning about the world around them in their learning through play. Additional opportunities are provided in science, such as celebrating Science Week and offering the opportunities to carry out STEM activities.
We endeavour to ensure that the science curriculum we provide will give children the confidence and motivation to continue to further develop their skills into the next stage of their education and life experiences.