Science Curriculum

Overview

 

At Woodnook School the teaching of Science will stimulate children’s curiosity, encouraging them to observe and question. Through this all the children should develop their ‘Working Scientifically’ skills to become more independent in applying and developing their investigative ideas. Talk, collaboration and research, considering real-life applications of Science, are at the heart of each Science unit. Also, we are committed to develop ‘Knowledge and Conceptual Understanding’ skills through engaging and exploring activities.

 

2017-18 Science Topics for the Year

 

Little Acorns

The children in Little Acorns will be developing their Science skills through their learning of Development Matters strands. This includes learning from:

  • Prime Area - Health and Self-care that will include learning about the importance for good health, of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talking about ways to keep healthy and safe. 
  • Specific Area - The World that will include learning about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They will talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They will make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

R/1J

  • Humans – Naming body parts and the importance of exercise.
  • Animals - Identify and name common zoo animals, discussing carnivores, herbivores and omnivores, and describing their structures.
  • Plants – Naming common plants in the local environment, identifying the parts and looking at the life-cycle of plants.
  • Materials – Naming and describing the properties of everyday materials.
  • Seasonal Changes – Observing and describing changes in the seasons.

The children in R/1J will be developing their working scientifically skills by observing, finding things out and asking questions.

 

Class 1/2H

  • Humans - Naming body parts and the importance of exercise.
  • Animals – Identifying and naming common zoo animals, discussing carnivores, herbivores and omnivores, and comparing their structures.
  • Plants – Naming common plants in the local environment including trees, identifying and describing the parts and looking at the life-cycle of plants
  • Material Properties – Naming and describing the properties of everyday materials. Group together a variety of materials based on their properties.
  • Seasonal Changes – Observing and describing changes in the seasons, discussing weather changes and the varying length of days.

The children in Class 1/2H will be developing their working scientifically skills by observing things closely, comparing and contrasting and performing simple tests to explore questions.

 

Class 2D

  • Health – Finding out about and describing the basic needs for humans, discussing the importance of exercise, a balanced diet and hygiene.
  • Animals – Finding out about and describing the basic needs for animals, noticing that animals have offspring with grow into adults.
  • Habitats – Identifying that most living things live in a habitat that is suited and describing how different habitats provide for different animals. Also, the children will be using and describing the idea of simple food chains.
  • Plants – Observing and describing how seeds grow. Finding out and describing what plants need to stay healthy.
  • Material Properties – Identifying and comparing the suitability of a variety of materials for particular uses. Finding out about how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed.
  • Electricity – Identifying common electrical appliances and constructing a simple series circuit, identifying and naming its parts.

The children in Class 2D will be developing their working scientifically skills by observing and describing things, asking and answering questions, sorting and classifying, setting up comparative tests and recording their findings.

 

Class 3T

  • Skeletons and Movement - Identifying that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement. Identifying vertebrates and invertebrates and how they have adapted to survive.
  • Health – Identifying that animals, including humans, need the right nutrition and they cannot make their own food. Comparing and contrasting diets of different animals. Discussing that an adequate and varied diet is beneficial to health as is exercise.
  • Plants – Identifying, locating and describing the function of the parts of a flowering plant. Investigating and exploring the plants requirements for life and growth, including the part the flower plays in pollination and seed dispersal.
  • Material Properties – Comparing and grouping together different kinds of rocks. Describing in simple terms how fossils are formed.
  • Light and Astronomy – Noticing that light is reflected from surfaces and shadows are formed when the light is blocked.

The children in Class 3T will be developing their working scientifically skills by observing, exploring and looking for patterns, raising and answering questions, researching, identifying and classifying and investigating with appropriate equipment and using a fair test.

 

Class 3/4W

  • Teeth, Eating and Digestion – Describing the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive systems in humans. Identifying the different types of teeth in humans and their functions. Constructing and interpreting a variety of food chains.
  • Habitats – Exploring and using clarification to group, identify and name living things. Recognising that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose danger to living things.
  • Material Properties and Changes – Comparing and grouping materials together, according to whether they are solids liquids or gases. Observing that some materials can change state.
  • Sound – Identifying how sounds are made, associating some of them with vibrations. Finding patterns between volume and vibrations.
  • Forces and Magnets – Noticing forces between two objects, including how magnets attract and repel. Comparing and grouping materials based on whether they are magnetic.

The children in Class 3/4W will be developing their working scientifically skills by exploring and comparing, looking for patterns, raising questions and carrying out tests, researching, gathering and recording data

 

Class 4/5F

  • Environment – Describing the differences in the life cycles of a variety of living things, including humans. Describing the life processes of reproduction in some plants and animals, naming the main parts of the reproductive system of plants.
  • Material Changes (Reversible and Irreversible Changes) – Discussing that some materials will dissolve to form a solution and how to recover a substance from a solution. Deciding how mixtures can be separated.
  • Earth and Space – Describing the movement of the Earth, the Moon and other planets relative to each other and the Sun.
  • Forces – Explaining about gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction. Recognising that some mechanisms allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.

The children in Class 4/5F will be developing their working scientifically skills by finding out, researching and exploring, asking pertinent questions, designing and carrying out fair tests, recording and suggesting reasons for things.

 

Class 5/6B

  • Classification – Describing how plants, animals and micro-organisms are classified into groups.
  • Evolution and Inheritance – Recognising that living things have changed over time and fossils provide evidence of this. Identifying how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment.
  • Animals/Health – Identifying and naming the main parts of the human circulatory system and recognising the diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle have on the human body. Describing how nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans.
  • Testing Material Properties – Comparing and grouping materials based on a variety of properties e.g. Giving reasons based on evidence from comparative and fair tests for the uses of everyday materials.
  • How Light Travels – Recognising that light appears to travel in straight lines and explaining that we can see because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to an object and then to our eyes. Using this to explain why shadows have the same shape as the object that cast them.
  • Electricity – Comparing and giving reasons for variants in how components function and used recognised symbols to represent a circuit in a diagram.

The children in Class 5/6B will be developing their working scientifically skills by finding out, researching and exploring, asking pertinent questions, designing and carrying out fair tests, recording and analysing.