At the Mead Academy Trust, we intend to develop young scientists’ understanding, natural curiosity, awe, and wonder about the world around them, through scientific enquiry in the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
Children will be taught to think and behave like scientists, learning through understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science. These processes include:
- Asking questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways
- Observing over time
- Seeking patterns
- Comparative and fair testing
- Identifying, classifying and grouping
- Researching using secondary sources
The curriculum is organised so that working scientifically (disciplinary knowledge) is embedded within scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding (substantive content). The curriculum is cohesive, so that children develop a cumulative understanding of science within and across each key stage due to the recurring concepts and vocabulary in a well sequenced and coherent spiral curriculum. This helps them make connections between prior learning and help them make sense of future learning. Science learning is further embedded and reinforced across other subject disciplines, including Mathematics.
We also believe in developing pupils’ ‘Science Capital’ teaching them the transferability of science-related knowledge, attitudes, experiences and resources that you acquire through life.