St Mabyn Church of England Primary School
At St Mabyn school, through God’s love we learn, grow and flourish together.
St Mabyn Church of England Primary School
Our school is one part of a family of well-connected schools. It is a small, nurturing school packed full of love: love for one another; love for learning; love for our neighbours and community and love for God. It comfortably sits in the heart of a picturesque, small rural village being over looked by St Mabyn Church. In our school, adults and children collaborate to create a safe learning environment where everyone can flourish and achieve greatness, becoming curious imaginative life-long learners. St Mabyn School is the gateway through which the future possibility of the adult emerges.
1 John 3:18
"My little children, let us not love in word or tongue, but in deed and in truth,"
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when one contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries to comprehend only a little of this mystery every day.” Albert Einstein
At St Mabyn Primary School we recognise the importance of Science to our daily lives; we share the Science aims of the 2014 National curriculum to promote excitement, curiosity and questioning within our pupils by developing:-
scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help children to answer scientific questions about the world around them
the scientific knowledge required to understand the use and implications of science, today and for the future.
St Mabyn recognises the importance of developing scientific understanding through experiential learning and provides quality first hand experiences of science both inside the classroom and outside in our wonderful grounds and rural location. Children are asked and ask big questions; through different approaches to investigations, they arrive at answers that promote discussion using modelled scientific vocabulary which may challenge their perceptions and question their spirituality.
Our Science curriculum is shaped by our school vision, values and curriculum drivers CAN:-
Develop a Caring heart- Children will find out who they are, their place within the world, how they fit in and can aspire to make a difference.
Develop an Active mind and body- Children will have the wisdom to use their knowledge and skills to be the best learners now and for their future.
Develop a Nurturing character- Children will stand up for themselves and others; respect each other, be prepared for personal challenge and successfully collaborate.
We aim to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, to flourish in Science to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be.
Where ever possible, Science knowledge and skills are linked to Class topics which have been decided through discussion with the children; teachers use the progression of skills to ensure that prior knowledge is built upon and scientific understanding is mapped out within the year and across years. As we are a small school, classes may cross key stages and phases. During transition, information is shared with the next teacher, to ensure that all children by the time they reach y6 will have had a full and broad curriculum that meets statutory requirements, seizes opportunities to make the most of cross-curricular links, incidental curiosities and supports local and national scientific initiatives. Children were consulted about ‘Good Science’ lessons and these expectations have been incorporated into our curriculum design and implementation.
The impact of our curriculum is that children have a genuine excitement around learning science, through exciting science and investigations children have a good science capital where science capital like a giant “holdall” containing pupils’ knowledge, attitudes, skills and experience, which they carry around with them and use to negotiate life and to make decisions now and in their future.
In our school, there is a clear progression of children’s work and teachers’ expectations in subject knowledge and scientific skills. Children’s work shows a range of topics and evidence of the curriculum coverage for all science topics. Children are increasingly independent in science, selecting their own tools and materials, completing pupil lead investigations and choosing their own strategies for recording. Feedback from teachers has impact on our pupils learning, often with next step questions to push learning on. Pupils are assessed throughout their Science learning journey and Teacher assessment is submitted using the interim frameworks for KS1 and KS2.