Our vision statement
At E-ACT Blackley Academy we aim to provide a rich learning environment, enabling children to reach their full potential through the development of a desire for lifelong learning. We have a clear shared vision of Science throughout the school where staff, AAG members, parents and children work together in partnership as a community.
Science is a body of knowledge built up through experimental testing of ideas. Science is also methodology, a practical way of finding reliable answers to questions we may ask about the world around us. In our Academy, science is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation, as well as using and applying process skills.
We believe that a broad and balanced science education is the entitlement of all children, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability.
Our aims in teaching science include the following:
- Preparing our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world.
- Fostering concern about, and active care for, our environment.
- Helping our children acquire a growing understanding of scientific ideas.
- Helping develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world.
- Developing our children’s understanding of the international and collaborative nature of science
Teaching of Science
Science is an extremely important part of our curriculum from Nursery to Year 6. In the Foundation Stage, the children focus on ‘Understanding the World’ from the Development Matters document and Key Stage One and Key Stage 2 follow the units and objectives of the New Science National Curriculum Programme of Study. Science is taught as a subject in its own right but when designing our new two year long term thematic approach curriculum the science units were selected for each term with links to the topics where appropriate. The thematic topic based curriculum enables the children to make cross curricular links between subjects and the skills they use.
After carrying out a pupil voice, it was apparent that the children loved experiments, so we held a Science Day called ‘Experiment Extravaganza’. Each Key Stage worked together and the children moved around the four classes on a carousel carrying out a variety of different experiments.
The children had a fantastic day and all the teachers commented on how impressed they were with how the children worked as a team, helping each other and solving any problems they came across along the way.
“It was amazing! It was the best day I had of the year because it was so fun,” – Archie.
“It was more fun than any other day in school because I did lots of experiments,” Lacey.