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Science at Lordship Lane

Aims

We believe that science is an area of our curriculum that should excite and intrigue children in our school. Naturally, we aim to ensure that children develop a strong understanding of scientific concepts, but we also support them in developing and refining their skills in scientific enquiry. At Lordship Lane, we also place a special emphasis on supporting children to acquire scientific vocabulary because we know this is challenging for some of our pupils.

 

Curriculum

We follow the National Curriculum for science, but in a number of places we go beyond it, giving the children an extra depth of understanding. We have made knowledge builders for each unit of work: this is a sheet containing the scientific words and knowledge that children are going to learn in each half term. Your child will bring this sheet home each half term, and it will also be shared on Seesaw.

 

We want children at Lordship Lane to become confident in carrying out a range of investigations. As such, each half term children take part in an enquiry day which is given over to developing scientific enquiry skills. By using a whole day for this, children can become absorbed in the scientific method and gain as much as possible from the experience.

 

Science Teaching

In Early Years, children are encouraged to explore the world around them and develop their understanding of scientific concepts through a wide range of free flow activities, both indoors and outdoors. At this stage, teachers take advantage of children’s curiosity to introduce new ideas to them.

 

In Key Stages 1 and 2, children benefit from two science lessons a week. These take place before the Enquiry Day so that children are secure in their understanding and confident in using the relevant vocabulary as we believe this allows them to get the most out of the Enquiry Day. Weekly quizzing helps children to remember what they have learnt over time.

 

Overview

The table below offers a very broad overview of what children study in science each half term. Our knowledge builders provide much more detail of the content; children will be given these to take home at the beginning of each unit of work.

 

Y

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

N

Naming body parts

Exploring day and night

Exploring materials to make a bridge

Exploring the sense of taste

Observing life cycle of chicks and frogs

Exploring different vehicles and how they move across surfaces

R

Exploring cars rolling down different surfaces.

Combining different substances to make potions

Cooking

Exploring best material to make a boat

Exploring bones and body parts

Exploring insects: names, body parts, how they move and life cycle

Exploring the best material to be used for a bear

1

Chemistry: Properties of Materials 1

Seasonal changes: Autumn

Chemistry: Properties of Materials 1

Seasonal Changes: Winter

Biology: body parts & classification 1

 

Biology: body parts & classification 1

Seasonal Changes: Spring

Biology: Plants 1

Seasonal Changes: Summer & Overview

2

Chemistry: Properties of Materials 2

Biology: Keeping healthy

Biology: Habitats & Food Chains 1

Biology: Life Cycles 1

 

Biology: Plants 2

3

Chemistry: Rocks

Physics: Light 1

Biology: Bones & Muscles

Physics: Forces 1

Physics: Magnetism

Biology: Plants 3

4

Biology: Classification 2

Chemistry: States of Matter

Physics: Sound

Biology: Digestive System

Biology: Habitats & Food Chains 2

Physics: Electricity 1

5

Physics: Earth and Space

Biology: Life Cycles 2

Chemistry: reversible and irreversible changes

Physics: Forces 2

Physics: Forces & Mechanisms

6

Biology: Classification 3

Biology: Evolution and Inheritance

Physics: Light 2

Biology: Circulatory System & Keeping Healthy

 

Physics: Electricity 2

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