Mere School Curriculum Statement
At Mere School we believe all our children have the right to succeed, to have high aspirations for their future lives and develop who they are in a respectful and caring environment. Our school ethos is firmly rooted in our school vision - 'We enjoy - we learn - we achieve'.
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Mere School aims to ensure that all pupils:
At Mere Primary School we aim to develop the children’s natural curiosity about the environment and help them to seek explanations. Develop caring and sensitive attitudes towards living things and the environment. Encourage children to create hypotheses, design and carry out experiments, make observations and to record results. Encourage imagination, inspirational thinking and receptive minds. Use scientific methods of investigation and develop responsible attitudes to health and safety. Help children become independent learners.
We aim to promote gardening in our school, according to research undertaken by the Royal Horticultural Society in 2010, ‘Gardening in school boosts child development, teaches life skills and makes children healthier and happier’. As well as improving pupils’ confidence, resilience and responsibility the school garden can provide many curriculum opportunities such as increasing scientific knowledge and understanding, improving communication and problem solving skills and providing opportunity for physical activity. Gardening in schools can also encourage a caring and nurturing attitude to protecting our environment and a more sustainable lifestyle.
Science Day 2018
We had an exciting day on the 13th November. As part of the day, Jo Richardson a ‘Space Detective’, came to visit us. She welcomed us into the hall with the sound of ‘Rocket Man’ by David Bowie and we settled down to watch an amazing presentation all about Tim Peake and life on the International Space Station. We then split into groups to do some astronaut training. We were able to investigate and experiment with things like our reaction times, our ability to carry out fine motor skills like mending machinery whilst wearing gloves as Tim Peake would have had to do. We also were able to see what it would feel like to be in zero gravity by wearing Virtual Reality Goggles. We all decided that life would be tough, but we would all love to follow in Tim’s footsteps.
The rest of the day was filled with different activities organised by the teachers. In Blue Class they made fireworks in a jar, decorated stars and made rockets and spaceships out of construction materials. In Yellow Class they experimented with light and dark and shone torches into boxes to see glow in the dark stars and made ‘Galaxy Playdough’. Silver Class built lego bridges, made bread and designed rockets. Gold Class and Green Class worked together to learn about the Solar System, and make posters. They also had great fun outside using film canisters and fizzy tablets to make rockets and were amazed at how high they shot up into the air. Red Class used filter paper and coloured ink to study chromatography to make planets then experimented with liquid density. Purple Class made posters about friction. Everyone had an exciting day as well as learning loads!