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

 

National Curriculum for Science

Science at St Joseph's

 

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 2017-18

 

 

The                   Senses

 

 

   Seasonal

changes              

Animals 

including

humans

Everyday Materials

 

Plants                

Plants

Seasonal changes

         

 

 

Class 2

 

Aut1

Aut2

Spring1

Spring2

Summer1

Summer2

TOPIC 2017-18

 

Uses of

everyday

materials 

 

 

Animals including humans 

 

Plants    

Plants 

Habitats and living things.

 

 

         

 

 

 

Class 3

 

Aut1

Aut2

Spr1

Spring2

Summer1

Summer2

TOPIC

2017-18

 

Animals

including humans

 

 

working scientifically

investigations

 

Forces including

magnets

 

States of Matter

 

 

Sound        

 

Living things

and their

habitats

 

TOPIC

2018-19

 

Rocks

 

 

Electricity

 

Light                

Working

scientifically investigations

 

Plants

 

Animals including 

humans

 

 

Class 4

 

Aut1

Aut2

Spr1

Spring2

Summer1

Summer2

TOPIC 2017-18

Properties and 

changes of materials

Earth and

Space                                                                                                

 

Electricity

 

Forces

 

Animals including humans

 

Living things and their habitats

TOPIC 2018-19

Animals including humans

Evolution

and inheritance 

 

 

Working scientifically

investigations

 

Light

 

Living things and their 

habitats

Living things and their habitats

How do we assess the children?

 

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 before and after each unit of Science learning.

 

What's been happening this year in Science ?

Science at Forest School

Spring Term 

Class 2 have been finding out about simple food chains and played games where the predator catches the prey. They have been grouping living and once living things. 

Spring term science in Class 2

Spring term science in Class 2 1 Predator and prey game
Spring term science in Class 2 2 Sorting food chains.
Spring term science in Class 2 3
Class 3 have been developing their own investigations to find out about friction.
Picture 1 Pulling power!
Picture 2 These rollers reduce friction.

 

 

 

Autumn Term 

There are lots of opportunities outdoors to learn about science.

Class 1 began the term by using their senses to discover their surroundings. At Forest School the senses are the key way to explore. The children particularly enjoy exploring using their hands in the mud kitchen and tasting marshmallows!

 

Class 2 began the term by grouping and describing natural materials they found in our wooded area and on the playing field. This term they made damper bread and cooked it on the open fire.  They observed different changes as the bread cooked and when the water turned to steam when the fire was extinguished.

 

In the Juniors, Class 3 have been learning about predator and prey relationships. The children created a frame using the square lash knot and  used natural items to create a food chain.

 

Class 4 experimented earlier in the term with an investigation into finding out which material made the best filter when filtering soil. They looked at fair testing and recorded their findings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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