Our Science curriculum is designed to excite children’s curiosity about the world and help them to understand the uses of science, as well as its implications for the future. Throughout school, pupils continuously develop their scientific vocabulary and enquiry skills as they revise different topics. This allows them to direct their own investigations as independent, active learners, seeking to answer their own questions.
We enrich our Science curriculum with school trips and hosting visits at the school. The children have been visited by the RSPB, who taught them about habitats and different types of trees. Some children also got the chance to take part in the Great Science share, where they demonstrated an investigation and explored different investigations from children at other schools.
Year 5 recently learned all about space in a virtual talk delivered by Manchester University students. Children were tasked with designing space suits and rockets in preparation for a mission to Mars. See below for pictures of a display that sums up the children’s learning.
"I liked the talk because it was about space and it was about Science. I remember learning about Mars, fact and fiction."
"I liked it because I designed a space suit and a rocket for a trip to Mars. I also learnt a few interesting facts."
As children explored plantlife in Science, we decided to take a hands-on approach and helped children plant flowers across the school grounds. The children love getting their hands dirty and watching their plants grow!
Autumn 1 Topics -
Nursery - Our Body - To identify parts of the body.
Reception - Our Body - To identify parts of the body and to explain their functions.
Year 1 - Animals including Humans - Identify and name animal groups; carnivores, herbivores and omnivores, parts of human body-link to senses.
Year 2 - Healthy Me - In this topic, children explore the importance of exercise, diet and good hygiene.
Year 3 - Food and our Bodies - This topic looks at where animals get food from and why it is important, and skeletons, muscles and joints.
Year 4 - Teeth and Eating - Children learn about digestion and different types of teeth, before moving on to explore deadly predators and their prey, in their exploration of food chains. They work scientifically throughout the topic, using enquiry, practical experiments and hands-on research to answer questions and investigate how we eat, why we eat and what we eat.
Year 5 - Circle of Life - In this topic children look at the life cycles of various species including mammals, amphibians, fish and birds. They also look at and describe the life process of reproduction in plants and animals.
Year 6 - Classifying Living Things - Children build on their learning about grouping living things in Year 4 by looking at the classification system in more detail. The topic is divided into two units, Children first revisit their knowledge of classification and creating keys, before developing their knowledge by looking at fungi and bacteria. Children also look at the work of Carl Linnaeus, the scientist who first made important the function of naming and classifying to ‘identify’ organisms.
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