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Please click on the link below to view the national curriculum for science.

 

National Curriculum for Science

Science at St Josephs

 

How is Science taught?

Science in the Nursery and Reception class is taught in a cross curricular way focusing on ‘Understanding the World’.

Throughout all of the topics covered in Key Stages 1 and 2, there is an emphasis on ‘working scientifically’. This focuses on developing skills which include observation, classification and identification, asking questions, carrying out tests, gathering data, recording findings, drawing conclusions and researching topics. As children progress through the school, the skills becoming increasingly difficult and a greater degree of independence is required to use these.

What do the children learn about?

The children follow the National Curriculum and cover objectives over a 2 year programme.

Class 1

 

Aut1

Aut2

Spring1

Spring2

Summer1

Summer2

TOPIC 2016-17

Materials

Seasonal changes

The senses.

Growing – ourselves. Animals including humans

Growing - plants

Sound

Light/Dark

TOPIC 2017-18

Sound

Light/Dark

Seasonal changes

Experimenting with science

Growing - plants

Materials

Growing – ourselves

Animals including humans

 

Class 2

 

Aut1

Aut2

Spring1

Spring2

Summer1

Summer2

TOPIC 2016-17

 

Materials

 

Seasonal changes

Working Scientifically

The Senses

 

Animals including humans

 

Plants – flowers and trees

Habitats and living things.

Dragonfly Lifecycle

TOPIC 2017-18

Materials

 

Light/dark

Seasonal changes

 

Animals including humans

Healthy living.

Seasonal changes

Experimenting with science

Living things and their habitats

 

Growing/plants

Moth lifecycle

Seasonal changes

 

 

Class 3

 

Aut1

Aut2

Spr1

Spring2

Summer1

Summer2

TOPIC 2016-17

 

Rocks and Soils

 

 

Magnets

 

Forces

 

Light and seeing

 

Plants

 

Animals and humans

 

TOPIC 2017-18

 

All living things

 

Animals including

humans

 

 

States of matter

 

Electricity

 

Plants

 

Sound and hearing

 

 

Class 4

 

Aut1

Aut2

Spr1

Spring2

Summer1

Summer2

TOPIC 2016-17

Materials, separating mixtures, solubility, changes to make new materials, solids/liquids/gases

Space

 

Electricity

Light

 

Electricity

Forces – including magnets

 

Evolution

Living things

 

Animals and humans

Plants

TOPIC 2017-18

Materials, separating mixtures, solubility, changes to make new materials, solids/liquids/gases

Space

 

Electricity

Light

 

Electricity

Forces – including magnets

 

Evolution

Living things

 

Animals and humans

Plants

How do we assess the children?

We assess the children through completing teacher assessment tasks at the end of every half term to ensure the children are secure in their understanding of the set objectives.

 

Formative assessment (informal):

Assessment in Science can take both formal and informal forms. Informal assessment can be done through observations of the children, marking their work and questioning children to identify what they have understood. Recordings of significant progress or events can also be evidenced in the lesson evaluation.

 

Summative assessment (formal):

Formal assessment in years 1 to 6 is completed is completed after each unit of Science learning.

 

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