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Science

National Curriculum for Science - Gov.uk
 

We aim to develop the children’s own natural curiosity in the world around and to develop careful investigation and exploratory skills. Through these we endeavour to extend understanding and knowledge of a wide variety of natural physical phenomena through study of biology (living things), chemistry (materials and their behaviour) and physics (e.g. forces, light and electricity). Children will participate in scientific enquiries, including; observing changes over a period of time; looking for patterns in their results; classifying and grouping; testing out their ideas practically and researching using secondary sources such as books and the internet.

 

Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1

Science begins with asking questions and investigating the world around through first hand observation. The children will be involved in simple investigations, as a group and as individuals. This will enable them to discover the nature of materials and how the natural world functions. Basic recording skills will be developed. Children will be encouraged to appreciate the physical and natural world.

Lower Key Stage 2

From early questioning children will be supported in making predictions and in designing and carrying out investigative science work, observing changes over time and looking for patterns. They will study the aspects of fair testing, begin to control variables and use a range of measuring equipment including ICT. Again they will explore a wide variety of natural and physical phenomena through every day experiences or in the context of wider topics. Further recording techniques will be explored and children will learn to form reasoned conclusions. Children will be developing their appreciation and understanding of the world around them.

Upper Key Stage 2

Children will participate in scientific enquiries, including discovering how scientific ideas have changed over time. In controlled investigations, children will be expected to make predictions and design and carry out experiments to test their ideas and observations. They will be taught to identify and control variables to ensure tests are fair. Through the exploration of a wide variety of natural and physical processes they will experience many recording techniques. The use of ICT will be included in this process. Investigation may well be part of wider topics, including other subject areas. The children will learn the skills of co-operation. Emphasis is placed upon safety and care for their environment.

 

Science at RMS

Throughout all our curriculum, but particularly in our Science lessons, we aim to help all children to gain a greater understanding and knowledge about our world; about the way that scientific processes have shaped the development of living things and the physical environment. We also challenge our children to improve their ability to investigate, question and confront their own scientific understanding, building on what they already know and are interested in.
Children are taught according to age appropriate expectation and the curriculum revisits each area at a more complex depth than the last.
These topics are the statutory requirements for the programmes of study in Science.
We interlace ‘Working Scientifically’ throughout all our topics. Where appropriate, we mix the Science into cross curricular themes to make the children’s learning more meaningful.

 

The 5 Types of Scientific Enquiry


The Science Curriculum is split into three core areas:

Life Processes and Living Things

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This strand of Science tackles the biological elements of life.
Our children study humans, life processes, habitats, evolution, inheritance, classifying plants and animals and their life processes considering how they can be affected by the way that we live our lives.

 

Mrs NergMrs NergThis website explains: The living animal, Mrs Nerg, and the seven life processes.

 

 

Materials and their Properties

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children observe closely to define similarities and differences. They are taught to develop their understanding of the criteria that can be used to group things together. They investigate the properties of these materials and learn that there are reasons why materials are used or behave in certain ways in certain conditions.

Through this early chemistry study we lay the foundations for more advanced experimentation and scientific thinking.

 

Physical Processes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This units investigates primary physics and studies many of the basic, established theories that past Scientists have determined for us.

The children are asked to challenge at every opportunity and test assumptions.

They will gather data through measurement or observation and then evaluate and adapt their original hypothesis.

 

These websites provide more information and opportunities to find out more: 

 

How we organise our topics:

Year A

2016-2017

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 1 and 2

Seasonal changes are studied throughout

Animals incl. Humans

Animals incl. Humans

Uses of everyday materials

Uses of everyday materials

Living things and their habitats

Living things and their habitats

Year 3 and 4

Animals incl. Humans

Electricity

Sound

States of matter

Environment and Animals (rocks and soils)

Environment and Animals (rocks and soils)

Year 5 and 6

Evolution and inheritance

Light

Living things and their habitats

Living things and their habitats

Animals including Humans

Animals including Humans

 

Year B

 2015-2016

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 1 and 2

Seasonal changes are studied throughout

Animals incl. humans

Animals incl. humans

Everyday Materials

Everyday Materials

Plants

Plants

Year 3 and 4

Animals incl. humans

Teeth

Forces and magnets

Forces and magnets

Plants

Light

Year 5 and 6

Animals including humans

Animals including humans

Earth and Space

Earth and Space

Electricity

Electricity

 

These topics are in reference to the statutory National Curriculum document for the Programmes of Study

 

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