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.
The Computing curriculum is broken into three broad areas. These areas are taught in discrete lessons and are embedded in the wider curriculum to support teaching and learning. The three curriculum areas are…
1. Digital Literacy
Esafety and Digital Literacy are critical aspects of our computing teaching. The digital world that children live in provides a great range of opportunities but can also present a range of risks. We support our children in becoming responsible digital citizens who understand their responsibilities online and the risks they might encounter when using the internet. We provide them with information and resources to navigate the world they live in and offer advice on what do if they encounter an issue.
2. Computer Science
The Computer Science aspect of the curriculum focuses on how computers work and the principles that underpin computational thinking. Topic areas include: Computer networks and typing, Physical movement (Beebots and Probots, Lego WeDo) and on screen coding (Scratch). We allow children to explore the principles of coding and help them to develop algorithms to complete specific tasks.
3. Information Technology
In the IT aspect, 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.