The school follows a scheme of work for science that is packed full of hands-on experiments, creative investigations and new approaches to traditional topics.
We believe that the real value of science lies in learning as much as possible about the world around us and how it works. Science looks for answers and here at Maldon Court we want our pupils to have the confidence to ask the questions.
All pupils are taught the essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. From the early years onwards our aim is to ensure that all pupils are able to use science to explain why things happen and to articulate their reasoning. A wide range of topics is covered including animals, materials and plants.
Science lessons are augmented by visits to local museums and place of environmental interest in order to reinforce what has been taught in the lessons. Our aim is to really bring science to life!
At Maldon Court, computer studies is taught as an individual subject and is also used on a daily basis in other areas of the curriculum. We believe that it is vital for pupils of all ages to gain the ability and confidence to use technology on a regular basis, which is why we have acquired a new set of tablets for use by all year groups. Site-wide broadband access guarantees WiFi access for every pupil and they also have their own Microsoft Office account.
Our pupils are gradually introduced to a vast array of disciplines including word processing, spreadsheet work, database creation and website design. We also place great emphasis on other skills that they will need to become the programmers, web designers, problem solvers and game makers of the future.
Pupils have the opportunity to improve their computing skills and boost their confidence by attending computer club, where they can play games and interact with each other in a more leisurely setting. Computer studies is regarded as an exciting and important part of school life.
Design and technology is not only a practical and dynamic subject - it is also truly cross-curricular. It demands a broad range of subject knowledge, drawing on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils need to apply knowledge that they have learned in other subjects to problem solve and complete their design brief.
From the early years onwards, design technology encourages creativity, problem solving, manual dexterity, the confidence to tackle innovative design tasks and the ability to critically evaluate work. It is also really exciting and good fun!