We have developed a 2 year rolling programme to map the teaching of disciplinary and substantive knowledge throughout the school. Pupils work scientifically, based on an enquiry question and practical investigations using resources inside and outside our classrooms. The school use the Shropshire Scientific Enquiry Planning Boards to ensure progression in scientific inquiry practise and vocabulary.
Through carefully sequenced science lessons, with learning objectives taken from our year group subject progression documents, pupils develop their knowledge of physics, chemistry and biology. Teachers plan half termly, creating a knowledge organiser with the key knowledge, vocabulary and enquiry questions on it. The knowledge organiser includes a topic mind-map which pupils use as a retrieval practise aid, to help them revise, in order to know more and remember more. Pupils start each new topic by creating their own mind map of what they already know and complete the project with a post-learning mind map showing what they have learned.
When appropriate, we use Mantle of the Expert techniques to help us think like scientists. We also learn about the work of significant scientific characters, such as Charles Darwin, Michael Faraday and Dame Jane Goodall, as we seek to understand our amazing world and space.
We are guided by our School Values of courage, compassion and fairness to investigate and consider our human impact on the natural world, our responsibilities to all living beings and the environment, and to manage the sustainability of our planet.
Children leave Morda with a good grounding in key scientific disciplinary and substantive knowledge. They are able to carry out scientific investigations to test their own theories in a fair and logical way (fair-testing). Pupils can talk about the topics they have covered using appropriate scientific language. Children make good progress in science at Morda (as evidenced by secondary transition assessments) They leave Morda with a solid foundation in scientific learning and enthusiasm for the subject as they progress into key stage 3.
Knowledge Organisers 22/23
Knowledge Organisers 21/22
Knowledge Organisers 20/21
Interviews with children about their learning
At the end of the Spring Term we interviewed some of the KS2 children and asked them what they had learned about Light and Sound.