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Science

#Challenging#Exciting #Enjoyable#Relevant

In line with the DFE guidance on a broad and balanced curriculum released in July 2021, Milefield Primary School has designed its curriculum to ensure there is breadth but also allows the prioritisation of missed content in core subjects, including key knowledge , skills vocabulary and concepts. This may mean if necessary a lighter touch to some curriculum areas than our usual approach.

At MFPS school we deliver the Science curriculum through a topic, thematic based approach, underpinned by the HCAT accelerated learning approach to teaching and learning. Our curriculum meets requirements of the National Curriculum and is extended beyond this to ensure it is ambitious and challenging for all pupils. It is designed to ensure pupils develop the substantive learning and disciplinary knowledge they require to become successful scientists.

Intent- Knowledge, skills and the National Curriculum

Our approach to the Science curriculum ensures that where appropriate and meaningful links can be made Science is part of topics across school however when meaningful links cannot be made Science is taught discretely.

Science is taught through AT1 (Scientific enquiry) which allows children to test and explore scientific theories. MFPS celebrates Science Week each year and a whole school focus is given to developing specific skills and knowledge.

The HCAT progressive documents supports the progression of knowledge and skills a child should learn in Science throughout their time at school. The progressive skills have been enhanced from the National Curriculum to ensure coverage is appropriate for each year group.

Implementation- Accelerated Learning

The HCAT progressive document ensures that appropriate coverage and progression is in place for biology, chemistry and physics and that children are building on their knowledge and skills over time.

The Accelerated Learning Cycle, based on the work of Alastair Smith, is applied in all lessons. It stems from the idea of a supportive and challenging learning environment. The cycle has active engagement through multi-sensory learning, encourages the demonstrating understanding of learning in a variety of ways and the consolidation of knowing.

A gather, skills, apply approach to planning and delivery of lessons is taken across school to ensure children develop a deep understanding of specific skills and are able to apply these in a range of situations.

Impact- Summative & Formative Assessment

Formative assessment is ongoing throughout each lesson. It judges progress and enables teachers to make flexible adaptions to their planned teaching.

Through this regular ongoing assessment, tasks are matched to the ability of each child through differentiated activities, adult support, providing a level of challenge that is stimulating for pupils and questioning skills.

Insight is used as a summative assessment to assess foundation subjects. The knowledge and skills-based curriculum is regularly highlighted to identify any gaps or misconceptions to be addressed or passed onto the following teachers.

Our Progressive Skills Curriculum

Year 3 children have been learning about seed dispersal. They looked at different ways that seeds are dispersed.
Year 3 children learned about plant adaptation. In particular, they wanted to learn more about the Venus Fly Trap. They created their own Halloween Venus Fly Traps.
Scientific enquiry: Investigating how water travels in plants.
Scientific Enquiry: Observational skills in Year 3
Using a connect to help children decide how to collate their data.
Hooking children into identifying parts of flowering plants.
Year 1 and 2 children identifying similarities and differences in materials.

Year 4 have been creating their own animals

Remote learning: We would like to say a huge thank you to all children, staff and parents for being so interactive and hardworking. Some of the work you have produced is amazing! Thank you!

Y3 children analysed rocks for crystals. They then produced their own rocks with crystals using materials at home.
We looked at how fossils are formed and used bread and sweets to simulate this.
Some children used objects from home to explore how fossils are formed.
Someone is a clear Rock enthusiast! What a collection!
Y3 children went on walks to identify different rock types and their usage in everyday life!
Y3 linked Geography, Literacy and Science together. We looked at features of Ancient Egypt based on the text 'Cinderella in the Nile' and identified the pyramids as being one of the features. Children used objects from home to make the rocks and features of the map.
Year 3 have identified different forces. Is it a push or a pull? May the force be with you!
Y4 children have been learning about consumers and producers. They have investigated different food chains. The children have also finished off their unit ' Animals including humans' and have looked at sound.
Year 1 Science: Animals and Habitats

Science Week: Milefields' Den

Children are so excited! We can't wait to see who faces the Dragons and who will win!
Year 2 children designing their invention.
Year 3 children designing their inventions and writing a set of instructions on how to operate the machine. Children were asked to invent a robot that will help with the current restrictions of lockdown and COVID 19. Some of their ideas were amazing: Holographic 3D telephone call that projects your loved ones so you can hug them. A robot that will provide an instant COVID 19 test and a certificate to travel on holiday, a robotic hairdresser that is able to attend houses and cut hair, a robotic exercise machine that will allow the user to exercise anywhere, and a robot that will scan the local park and make sure it is safe for people to do their daily exercise. These are just some of their ideas.
Year 4 designing their inventions linked to recycling.
Year 4 and their inventions!
Year 4 focused on their inventions.
Year 1 children focussed on designing their inventions.

Milefields' Den Winners. The literacy outcomes were brilliant! Well done to all children at Milefield Primary School.

Children in Early Years investigated what type of drink is healthy for their teeth as part of the Science Week.

Year 5 have linked science to their topic ' World War II'. They have investigated the best material to make a bomb shelter out of in the event of an attack. They used tennis balls to test the different materials and used their findings to draw conclusions. #Presentation