Manor Leas Junior Academy
At Manor Leas Junior Academy, we aim to provide a high-quality science education that delivers the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. In our school, we educate pupils with the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. Our curriculum provides an understanding of how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes that help them to answer questions about the world around them. Our children will be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future leaving pupils from Manor Leas Junior Academy knowing more about Science and remembering more.
We teach Science on a robust teaching and learning cycle that puts children and hands-on, active learning at its heart and ensures progression for all.
We believe that to instill scientific confidence in children and to inspire future generations of young scientists, we need to spark their imagination and fuel their curiosity with hands-on, experiential science.
In order to deliver our intent across the school, we use a variety of strategies and resources that are outlines below:
Carefully Mapped Curriculum – At Manor Leas Junior Academy, we dedicate discrete time to each subject. This is outlined in our ‘Curriculum Blocking Overview’. Each academic year there are two science blocks, each block consisting of four weeks. This ensures subject focus.
Rising Stars Scheme – In order to support practitioners and learners, Manor Leas Junior Academy have invested in the Science Rising Stars Scheme (Switched on Science). This scheme offers concrete teaching resources, teacher CPD, interactive activities and a carefully considered sequence of learning.
Key Question – In order to deliver our science curriculum, Manor Leas Junior Academy have introduced a key question for each block of Science. This key question underpins each lesson, being referenced and articulated regularly to ensure all learners are aware of the end goal. The key question not only guides the learning, it also acts as an assessment tool.
Knowledge Organisers – Knowledge organisers offer learners a snapshot of the topic they are learning. On each topic knowledge organiser there is the key questions, twelve keywords, the focus working scientifically strands and appropriate diagrams. This tool can be found in at the start of the topic in students’ curriculum books and is displayed on each class’ knowledge map. Knowledge Organisers are also uploaded onto the school website, taken home by children and referred to throughout topic lessons.
Enrichment Activities – Manor Leas Junior Academy are passionate about providing children with a high-quality education, to equip students with the knowledge and skills they require to deal with a rapidly changing world. The Science curriculum has been enriched by an annual school Science Fair (which opens its doors to the community), science competitions (to promote science learning outside of school), trips (to support scientific understanding beyond the classroom) as well as inviting a range of inspirational visitors into our school.
Families, members of the local community and scientists from the University of Lincoln visited Manor Leas Junior Academy for the school’s first ever Science Fair. After spending three weeks delving into the depths of the science curriculum, all twelve classes challenged themselves to create group projects that demonstrated their scientific understanding. Each of the twelve classes nominated one group that displayed excellence in the field of science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The twelve winning groups exhibited their projects in the main hall to be judged by the head of the STEM department of the University of Lincoln and scientists from the University Technical College. All visitors had the opportunity to see the rest of the science projects across the school as they were being presented in each classroom. Manor Leas Junior Academy celebrated the scientific achievements of the entire school, with the individuals from the victorious group each receiving a science kit and an engraved trophy to display in their classroom.