Overview of Science at Meadow
In Key Stages One and Two, we follow the Kent Scheme which closely follows the National Curriculum. The three main disciplines of Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) are integrated within the programme of study for each year group, through the wide range of topics studied. Scientific knowledge and skills are taught and developed using a wide range of activities and practical experiences to enhance children’s conceptual understanding and broaden their wider scientific knowledge.
At Meadow, the Kent Scheme of Work forms the basis of our science teaching. However, teachers have the flexibility to adapt this scheme in order to enhance the delivery of their science lessons. Each unit is introduced by the use of a scientific hook to engage the children, assess prior knowledge, and to stimulate discussion about the topic within the class. In each lesson, children have the opportunity to explore one of the five scientific enquiries: fair testing; pattern seeking; grouping and classifying; research through secondary sources; and observations over time. All lessons focus on teaching the knowledge content in science through practical activities and exploration.
In addition to the teaching of science, we also focus on a broad range of key figures who have been important in the development of science. These include: Diane France, Charles Macintosh, Amy Vedder, Mae Jemison, Mary Anning, Tu Youyou, Marie Curie and Charles Darwin amongst others. We also promote an interest in STEM through our PSHE scheme which looks at the role of women in science, Ada Twist the Scientist and William Kamkwamba (The Boy who Harnessed the Wind) amongst others.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Children learned about William Kamkwamba and how he taught himself about science, and managed to save his village by building a wind turbine that watered the crops. Our children also experimented with other scientific circuits that might be useful in William's village.
William Kamkwamba was named in TIME magazine and one of 30 people under 30 who are changing the world!