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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'.

SCIENCE CURRICULUM 2014

Purpose of study

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.
 

Aims

Mere School aims to ensure that all pupils:
 

  • 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
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

 

 

 

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.

 

Gardening

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.

 

 

 

Exploring Autumn Leaves

Ice experiment Yellow Class

When we came in from play we found some characters stuck in some ice.   We worked together to try and free them.   We predicted how long it would take and used the iPads to time ourselves, comparing our results with our predictions.  We discussed how to free them quickly and some of us took them nearer the radiator, some of us used salt and lots of us used warm water.   We had lots of fun learning about how and why ice melts.

Reception Class, Year 1 and Year 2 Visit to Peipards Farm Spring 2019

Super Science in Yellow Class

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Year 1 enjoyed a day experimenting with different materials.

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!

Science Day 2018

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Science Day 2018 2

Year 6 - Marble Run 2018

Marble Run

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Year 6 - Micro-Organisms:Yeast Investigation

Year 6 learning about The Planets.

Year 6 - Phases of the moon.

Year 6 - Phases of the moon.  1 Full Moon
Year 6 - Phases of the moon.  2 Waxing Gibbous
Year 6 - Phases of the moon.  3 Half Moon
Year 6 - Phases of the moon.  4 Waning Cresent
Year 6 - Phases of the moon.  5 New Moon- Delicious!

Year 6 Forces

Year 6 Forces 1

Science Documents

Cumulative Science Skills Vocabulary

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