Scientific & Technological Understanding
At Little Mead we understand how important it is for children to ask questions and learn about how and why certain things happen in the world around them. The subject covers a wide variety of topics across three main areas: Physical Processes, Materials and Living Things. Our science curriculum encourages children to take part in a range of activities and investigations to develop scientific skills and understanding.
Our teaching promotes exploration, discussion and the correct use of scientific vocabulary to explain concepts.
We aim to support children to develop an interest in the application of science and technology in the real world. This is why we link key individuals and discoveries in the real world to our topics where appropriate.
We have an annual themed ‘Science Week’ that we encourage parents and carers to become a part of.
DT (Design Technology)
At Little Mead, in D&T lessons we aim to nurture our children’s creativity and innovation. Through the design of their own projects, they learn how to solve real problems. They also study past and present design and technology in the world around them. We teach a range of hands-on activities in a safe working environment, which implement the new D&T programme of study. In D&T lessons, our children use maths, science, computing and arts skills. They also evaluate, test and refine their ideas and products. Typical successful tasks include making model volcanoes for teaching geology to younger children, mug warmers for Christmas presents and artisanal bread.
At Little Mead we teach computing through discrete skills session and cross curricular activities. We are lucky enough to have a huge range of equipment. We have a set of laptops and iPads for each phase, a set of Kindle e-readers to support our guided reading and a range of smaller equipment such as microphones, cameras and webcams. Every classroom is also equipped with an interactive whiteboard and a visualiser to help support their learning.
Our computing curriculum is split into three main aspects:
1. Computer Science
Children learn about how computers work and are linked together in networks. In addition, pupils are taught how to design, write and debug programs. Topic areas include: Computer networks and typing, Physical movement (Beebots and Probots, Lego WeDo), On screen coding (Espresso) and Design, create and play! (Scratch / Scratch JNR)
2. Information Technology
Children learn to use a variety of software on a range of digital devices. Throughout the year children cover the topics of text, image, sound, data, animation and presentation across a range of school subjects. This helps to support their learning in other areas of the curriculum and allows them to express themselves creatively.
3. Digital Literacy
Children also learn how to use information and communication technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. Children are taught about an aspect of internet safety each term. The areas covered are: reporting concerns, safe searching, cyber bullying, digital footprints, file sharing and communicating online. In Term 3 the whole school takes part in Internet Safety Day through assemblies, lessons and activities.
At Little Mead we have a Digital Leaders team which encourages pupil voice and promotes pupil ownership of ICT. One child from each class (Y1-6) is chosen to be on the team and they can easily be identified by their yellow badges. The team are involved in developing computing, safety and use of technology across the school.