Science at the Mosley Academy follows the programme of study documented in the National Curriculum. Children in Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. To help support the delivery of the curriculum, we aim at stimulating pupils’ curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do by teaching them methods of enquiry and investigation and stimulating creative thought. To help achieve this we aim to equip our pupils with confidence and understanding to work scientifically which will help them to appreciate the way Science will affect them and their future. Working Scientifically is embedded within the substantive science content in the programme of study.
After extensive research, Developing Experts aligned with our curriculum vision, school ethos and children’s needs whilst encompassing the National Curriculum Programme of Study. Our rationale behind this is that it primarily ensures full coverage and progression from Early Years to Upper Key Stage 2. This scheme is excellent for progression as it provides consistency for teachers to explore prior learning, current expectations and the progression of where they are going next. This ensures that lessons are pitched accurately and members of staff are aware of why they are teaching that lesson at that point in the children’s learning journey. At Mosley there is a buzz about learning in Science – the children are enthusiastic and love the new scheme especially the exciting investigations that allow children to work scientifically! One child has said, “the videos used in Developing Experts help us see science in a real life context”. The impact of our Science curriculum is that the children are excited, engaged and want to learn. This impacts children’s learning as they are knowledgeable of the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics and are ready to progress into the next phase of their learning journey. However, this is only a starting point and all teachers ensure that Science lessons are planned and delivered with creativity and engagement for all.
Our Science lessons are standalone sessions delivered by each class teacher once a week. Wherever possible we use cross-curricular links to help strengthen children’s understanding across their whole learning journey. New for this year we have developed Science Forest School Sessions to allow the children to explore the natural world around them. This has been well received and has helped children make those key important links.
Every year we celebrate British Science Week across the school, enabling all children to spend a week delving in to the wonders of scientific enquiry, skills and knowledge. This year the theme was ‘Growth’ and the children enjoyed being able to work scientifically. The children loved taking part in the sessions planned and delivered by our specialist partnership within the John Taylor MAT. A big thank-you to the parent volunteers that came in and spoke with the children about how Science is used in their jobs. We certainly smashed the stereotypes of who is classed as a Scientist and some children have now even aspired to become one when they are older. Please see below a couple of photographs of science in action during this week. Check out the Latest News section on the website and our Twitter feed for more photos of the week!
Science in Action at The Mosley Academy:
Here are some examples of the fabulous displays and active learning that helps our children make their learning stick in their long term memory!
Below is a picture of an example of our Science Display in Year 1. We love reading texts linked to our topics so have enjoyed exploring these. The Year 1 children have loved taking apart the human body and seeing what organs are hidden behind others.
Active Learning is really important to help remember the important knowledge and transfer it to our long term memory. Here is some of our learning in action:
We have also introduced 'Floor Books' to document our Science Learning in Action! Here are some examples of what you could find inside: Here is our Year 2 Children answering their Enquiry Based Investigation - "The oldest child in the class has the biggest feet."