Science is taught in a practical way, in order to excite the children and engage them in their learning. They are encouraged to enquire and ask scientific questions as well as to plan, carry out and evaluate their own experiments.
Children also have the use of scientific equipment such as microscopes and magnifying glasses which gives the children hands-on experiences when carrying out investigations.
In the EYFS, Understanding the World incorporates activities that are linked to Science, for example exploring materials, living things and the environment.
Science is taught in Key Stage 1 through half termly topics and linked to the content which incorporates cross curricular components. Children also go on educational visits which are related to topics about Science.
Every Wednesday, a gardening club is run to provide a small group of children with the opportunity to learn about plants and living things. They also get the opportunity to plant their own seeds and look after the school garden. This gives the children real life skills that can be used outside of school as well as developing social skills whilst working with others.
Throughout the year we have visitors who provide the children with real life science experiences, such as Goldcrest Outdoor Education, Zootastic, the RSPB and Starlincs Planetarium.
The children are also given the opportunity to observe and discuss current events from around the globe.
From Summer 2 2016 we will be focusing on ‘Working Scientifically’ and giving the children additional quality opportunities to be scientists!
Science Core Knowledge
The National Curriculum Objectives are grouped into the following areas:
Year 1- Seasonal Changes; Everyday Materials; Animals, including humans; Plants
Year 2- Growing Plants; Uses of Everyday Materials; Animals, including humans;
Living Things and their Habitats
The children are taught these objectives through activities planned to encourage them to work scientifically. This is the main focus of the Science curriculum and we focus on the children working like scientists!
Asking questions is one the most important elements of Science and working scientifically.
Here are some questions that we might discuss or the children may ask in relation to each objective.
- Describe the typical weather that you might see in the Summer
- Where does rain come from?
- Are days longer or shorter in the Winter than the Summer? Why?
- Why do we have seasons?
- What scientific word do we use to describe a material that will not let water pass through it?
- Can you name something that is shiny? Flexible? Transparent?
- What type of material is magnetic?
- What material is the chair made from?
Animals including humans
- Name some types of animals that live on the earth or fly in the air.
- What is the scientific name for animals that never eat meat?
- Which 3 types of animals live in or near water?
- What is the name of the body part that helps your leg to bend?
- Which body part allows humans to smell?
- Can you name the main parts of a plant?
- What do you plants need to grow?
- What is the scientific name for trees that lose their leaves in Autumn and Winter?
- Can you name the parts of a tree?
Year 1 answers
Seasonal Changes 1. Sunshine. 2. It collects in the sky as clouds and then rain is released when they get heavy. 3. Shorter. Daylight is less in the winter months. 4. Because of the rotation and tilt of the Earth
Everyday Materials 1. Waterproof 2.Foil or metal. Plastic. Glass. 3. Metal. 4. Wood/Fabric
Animals, including humans 1. Mammals, birds, 2. Herbivores. 3. Reptiles, amphibians, fish 4. Knee. 5. Nose.
Plants 1. Petal, flower, leaf, stem, roots 2. Air, light, warmth, nutrients and water 3. Deciduous 4. Trunk, leaf, branch, roots
- What do plants need to grow healthily?
- What do seeds and bulbs have inside them that helps them to grow?
- Name a typical plant you might find growing on a lawn?
- Will a plant grow well if the temperature is very cold?
Uses of Everyday Materials
- Should a spoon be made from glass? Why?
- What would be a good material to use to make an umbrella?
- Find 4 everyday objects made from metal.
- What material can you see that could bend/squash/twist/stretch?
Animals including humans
- In what order are the 4 stages of growth for a chicken?
- Name 5 adult animals and their babies
- What do all animals need to survive?
- What should humans do to live healthily?
Living Things and their Habitats
- Name some creatures that might live in a woodland.
- What is the scientific name for a place that something lives?
- Describe what a ‘food chain’ is
- Name something living, something dead and a thing that has never been alive
Year 2 answers
Plants 1. Water, light, nutrients, air, warmth. 2. They store food. 3. Daisy or clover. 4. No.
Uses of Everyday Materials 1. No. It will break too easily. Metal and plastic are better 2. A waterproof fabric. 3. Cars, coin, table legs, tools 4. socks, elastic band, blue tac, play dough
Animals including humans 1. Egg, incubation, chick, chicken 2. Sheep and lamb, cow and calf, chicken and chick, butterfly and caterpillar, cat and kitten, dog and puppy 3. Air, food, water, warmth 4. Eat a balanced diet, exercise, hygiene
Living Things and their Habitats 1. Deer, foxes, badgers, birds, adders, beetles, worms 2. Habitat 3. It is how animals obtain their food and energy from plants and other animals 4. Human, withered leaf, a rock
- Science – Autumn Term 2019
Reception Understanding the World- Autumn 1
This term in reception the children have been learning about healthy and non-healthy food. The children read The Very Hungry Caterpillar focusing on what is a fruit, a vegetable and a special treat. They have also been learning that some foods give us lots of energy and why is it so important to have a balanced diet. Everyone in the year group looked at body parts and spent time learning the names of them. To help us remember the names of some body parts the children have been singing the song ‘heads, shoulders knees and toes.”
Year 1 Science- Autumn 1
This half term we have focussed on identifying and classifying enquiries about animals. The children worked together to classify animals into groups (mammals, fish, insects, reptiles, birds and amphibians). They also thought carefully about animal diet and classified the animals as carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We thought of fun actions to help us remember the names of the groups!
The children also had an amazing educational visit to Banham Zoo, learning more about animals and completing a workshop about animal diet with expert zoo staff. For more information about this please see our Year Groups, Year 1 page.
The children have also enjoyed a ‘Mad Science’ visit for another fun filled assembly and we are sure the after school club will inspire the children who attend to continue to be curious and to ask lots of scientific questions.
Year 2 Science – Autumn 1
In science this half term, year 2 have been looking at different materials. They have enjoyed exploring materials such as wood, plastic and metal and described them. The children also enjoyed going on a material hunt around the school. The classes discussed the objects they found around school and what materials they were made from and then discussed the suitability of these materials for their uses. The children also learnt a materials song which helped them to understand the properties and suitability of a range of different materials. Have a listen and sing along at home; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOKr462HLc0
Well done to all the children who completed some amazing home learning linked to this work!
- Science Summer Term 2019
Barefoot sensory walk. We talked about the textures of items as we walked through them.
Rainbow walk- we looked at the colours in the rainbow and made coloured footprints!
Bubbles-children had a go at blowing giant bubbles using a hoop. They talked about techniques for making the best bubbles.
Shadow puppets! Children talked about shadows and how they were made.
This term the children have enjoyed exploring the outdoor areas. They have encountered several mini beasts and this led to lots of questions! When the children found a worm they were very keen to try and measure the length of the worm and made estimations first. They also thought carefully about what they could do to help a spider that they found. Some of the children were inspired to write their own mini beast story about what they found!
Year 1 children have enjoyed learning about inventors during our Step Back in Time topic. We have learnt about Thomas Edison and how he invented the light bulb. We explored lamps, wires and batteries and investigated how to make a circuit. We were very pleased when we found out how to do it and we switched all the lights off so we could see our lamps shining!
We also learnt about Alexander Graham Bell and his telephone. We looked at different photos of telephones through the years and made our own phones using cups and string. We explored how the different length of string affected the sound.
This term the children have enjoyed learning about habitats and environments. They built on their previous knowledge and explored the school grounds, including the pond area, identifying and classifying different animals. The children researched some of the animals they found and created amazing non-fiction fact file booklets in Literacy.
As part of this topic we visited Easton Farm and were able to ask lots of scientific questions about the animals and their habitats. More information about this can be found on the Year 2 tab of the website.