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SCIENCE

Science Curriculum

Science represents a body of knowledge which is built up through experimental testing of ideas and which is organised in a way that makes it easy to use. It is also a methodology, a practical way of finding reliable answers to questions.

Science is essential to our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

Aims:

Our aims in teaching Science are that all children will:

  • retain and develop their natural sense of curiosity about the world around them
  • develop a set of attitudes which will promote scientific ways of thinking, including perseverance, objectivity and a recognition of the importance of teamwork
  • come to understand the nature of “scientific method” involving: careful observation, the making and testing of predictions, the design of fair and controlled experiments, the drawing of meaningful conclusions through critical reasoning and the evaluation of evidence
  • become effective communicators of scientific ideas, facts and data
  • begin to build up a body of scientific knowledge and understanding which will serve as a foundation for future enquiry.
  • find science enjoyable

Principles of the Teaching and Learning of Science

Science is important because

  • it is a body of knowledge essential to our understanding of ourselves and the world around us
  • it provides an understanding of how scientific and technological change has impacted on the development of the world and the quality of our lives
  • it encourages questioning and discussion skills as well as creative and imaginative thought
  • the skills and knowledge of science can be applied throughout everyday life

Year 1

Autumn

Spring

Summer

 

Materials: building materials and sorting objects by simple materials; wood, metal, fabric etc.

Penguins & frogs: Animal Lifecycles

Floating & sinking

categories of animals: bird, fish, mammals, amphibians & reptiles

Plants & flowers

Weather

Mini beasts & Snails

Pond dipping

Australian animals; herbivores, omnivores & carnivores

Seasons: weather in Australia

Plants & trees in our garden

 

Year 2

Autumn

Spring

Summer

 

Plants

Growing beanstalks

Parts of a plant

Identifying plants

Humans and other animals

Food chains

Basic needs of animals

Ice experiment

Alive, dead, never lived

Animal classification

Habitats

Life cycles: Humans & other animals

Everyday materials – identify & group materials, compare their suitability for different uses

Squashing, bending, twisting & stretching

 

Year 3

Autumn

Spring

Summer

 

Light and Shadows

Rock and soils

Fossils

Skeletons, digestion and teeth

Healthy eating

Forces & Magnets

 

Year 4

Autumn

Spring

Summer

 

Properties of materials

States of matter

Plants including classification

Electricity and sound

Year 5

Autumn

Spring

Summer

 

Earth and beyond

Forces

Life cycles of humans and other animals

Changes in materials including dissolving and filtering

Year 6

Autumn

Spring

Summer

 

 

Electricity

Moon phases

The Circulatory system- functions.

The Digestive system – parts and functions

The Respiratory system

Forces – The Slippery Sledge

Diet & exercise

Light

Adaptation, Evolution & human intervention

 

Living things and their habitats. Classification of plants and animals including micro-organisms.

 

Science gives pupils of all abilities the opportunity to investigate how and why things happen.