The purpose of Science at Mangotsfield is to provide our learners with the skills and opportunities to allow them to think, act and speak like scientists through quality first teaching. Our science curriculum is not solely aimed at teaching facts across a broad range of themes. Although gaining factual knowledge is still an integral part of their science education, it is both the depth of this knowledge and how they obtain it that is key to their progress as scientists. Through working scientifically - focusing on ‘plan, do, review’ cycle for practical investigations - we aim to encourage our learners to think, act and speak like scientists at every opportunity. These are skills that are key to developing a lifelong skill foundation and passion for the subject.
The five main threads of working scientifically that we focus on at Mangotsfield are: Observation, Comparative and Fair Testing, Pattern Seeking, Researching and Identifying and Classifying and Grouping.
Each subject area lends itself to at least one of Plan, Do, or Review (PDR) strands. Even though each scientific topic will incorporate all three foci (plan, do and review), each term will focus intently on one of them.