At Melton we intend to develop all children into curious thinkers:
- Persistent in their efforts to find answers to questions about the world around them.
- Methodical in the way that they approach problems and reflective about what they have found out.
- Conscientious about how they achieve results and value attention to detail.
Through investigation, research and exploration of the three main scientific subjects (physics, chemistry and biology) we aim to inspire a passion and sense of responsibility in all children for the environment they live in and the world as a whole.
All children will learn how to work and think scientifically, developing skills through experiences that will broaden their understanding of the scope of careers that are available to them.
All KS1 and KS2 classes have the equivalent of two hours of science-focused learning per week in which lessons:
- are question led and driven by enquiry and discussion
- develop and rationalise understanding of concepts through practical application
- build new knowledge and add to existing understanding
- practise the skills of prediction, following method, concluding and evaluating
- provide opportunities to communicate thinking and findings through written, visual and oral form
- teach the importance of using scientific equipment safely and with precision
- are linked to class topics and cover knowledge within the three disciplines of science
- utilise ICT to benefit scientific learning and presentation
- encourage the application of The Melton Way.
The impact of scientific learning can be seen in many ways throughout our curriculum. As with all topics, science is neatly woven into our termly themes and links to historical, geographical and other subject learning. This is displayed in all classes. Here are a few more examples where science drives our children’s learning:
- Year 1 and 2 have been out and about on an Autumn Walk learning about weather and season changes, measuring and displaying data in weather charts and making comparisons with real life. They have observed how materials can change state by visiting Woodbridge Tide Mill and learning about the production of bread, cooking it and also discovered the importance of a varied diet containing different types of nutrition.
- Year 3 and 4 have gone back to the Stone Age to learn about different types rocks and explored their formation by melting sweets and analysing real rocks. They have learned about the formation of fossils and experimented with making their own impression fossils. At home, children have explored the properties of materials by creating their own stone tools.
- At the top end of school, year 5 and 6 have explored the effects of forces through a wide variety of investigations. While focusing on the key skills of fair testing and managing variables, they have explored air resistance on WWII inspired parachutes, the impact that friction has across different surfaces and also how water resistance can impede motion. Following this, they have been testing the properties of different materials in order to suggest how they can be used effectively in real-world applications.
As well as day-to-day learning in our rich curriculum, we offer all children opportunities to fully immerse themselves in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects with trips, such as to BT Adastral Park (Innovation) Science Week events and similar roadshows e.g. that provided by Cambridge University in which children learned about electricity and its production through lots of practical exploration.
Within school celebrate an annual STEM week with focus events during which children are given multiple opportunities to apply key STEM skills in a range of challenges and ‘out of the ordinary’ challenges. An example of this is our highly popular Engineering Week which culminated in a visit by a Brickologist and boxes upon boxes of Lego. Children were asked to set their imaginations alight by taking on the role of civil engineers and, as a whole school, create a future town called ‘New Melton’.