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Science at Avenue

Science is taught across the school according to the New Primary Curriculum.

The topics that are covered are:

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 1

Animals (labelling body)

 

Materials 

 

Planting carrots

Animals (labelling features, classifying)

Animals

 

 (Omnivores/

herbivores/carnivores )

Plants and

 

Labelling parts of plants.

 

What plants need to grow.

 

Materials -properties

Materials - properties

 

 

 

Year 2

Living things and habitats.

 

 

Observing change over time – plants and vegetables

Materials.

 

 

 

Observing change over time – plants and vegetables

Living things and habitats.

 

 

Observing change over time – plants and vegetables

Materials.

 

 

 

Observing change over time – plants and vegetables

Living things and habitats.

 

 

Observing change over time – plants and vegetables

Animals including Humans.

 

Observing change over time – plants and vegetables

Year 3 / 4

Cycle 1

Changing States

 Habitats - ongoing

Changing States

Electricity

Sound

Digestive System and teeth

Food chains

Year 3 /4 Cycle 2

Humans and animals -Skeletons and muscles

Plants - ongoing

Humans and animals –Nutrition

 

Rocks and fossilisation

Forces and magnets 

Forces and magnets

Light

Year 5/6

Cycle 1

Classification (animals)

Adaptation and habitats

Electricity

Light

Animals & humans (circulation / diet)

Evolution  & Inheritance

Year 5/6 Cycle 2

Space- Earth, Sun & Mon

Forces & Magnetism

Materials

Materials

Life cycles (animals)

Lifecycles (plants)

 

 

 

The topics

In KS2 the topics are taught on a 2 year rolling program. This means that one year children in Years 3 and 4 will cover the Year 3 topics and the next year they will cover the Year 4 topics. Years 5 and 6 cover the units in the same way.

How we teach .

Year 1 and 2 cover the topics for their particular year group over a one year period.

The new curriculum has a focus on children observing a range of scientific events as possible over time, to observe and explain changes. Examples of this are planting seeds for which each year group has a planting box outside. They observe the same tree during different seasons to see for themselves the changes that occur.

There is an emphasis on hands on science in the classroom and using the outdoor classroom to experience, observe and question scientifically using a variety of approaches such as identifying, classifying, fair testing, (comparative testing in KS1), observations over time, pattern seeking, and using secondary sources. Obviously the range of these will vary from topic to topic and depend on the age of the children.

 

Scientific vocabulary is expected to be taught so that pupils can read and spell the words realted to their topics at an age appropriate level.

The new curriculum ensures that children develop a wide ranging understanding of science in the world around them, “using technical terminology accurately and precisely”.

There are clear links between science and maths with an emphasis on collecting, presenting and interpreting data.

If you are interested in finding out in more detail, you can find the new curriculum documents at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239132/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Science.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Useful websites for children.

 

From time to time your child’s home-learning will involve an activity related to their science topic, or you may simply wish to help your child understand something that is happening in the world around them, answer a question they may have asked or extend learning in the classroom.

 

These websites may be useful.

 

 

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