Science 2017-18

Key Stage 2
 
 Year 5: Switched on Science
 

Pupils in Year 5 study the following topics, in line with the new Science Curriculum:

- Out of this World (Physics: Space based topic)

- Material World (Chemistry and chemical reactions)

- Circle of Life (Living things and their habitats) 

- Let's Get Moving (Physics Forces)

- Growing up and Growing Old (Biology of life)

- Science skills based unit called Super Scientists.

In this final topic, Children work scientifically on a variety of quick challenges and longer tasks to learn about the different ways in which scientists work in the real world. This topic looks at the discoveries of famous scientists, the methods forensic scientists use and the various ways scientists tell others about new discoveries.

Throughout the year pupils are given the opportunity to develop an understanding of Science in everyday life. They are also encouraged to develop practical, investigative skills throughout the learning cycle, which allows pupils to explore the world of Science and its real life applications.

ICT is used to enhance the understanding of the subject and support cross curricular links. The Science Department aims to support the literacy and numeracy development of pupils through the incorporation of tasks into the learning cycle. Throughout the year opportunities will be given for pupils to develop transferrable skills, which include the completion of calculations and problem solving, graphing tasks and written scientific reports which enable the expression of findings in a scientific format.

 

Year 6: Switched on Science

Pupils in Year 6 study the following topics, in line with the new Science Curriculum:

- Classifying Critters (Biology based theme with investigations incorporated such as making ginger beer)

- Let it Shine (Physics - Light and it's properties)

- Staying Alive (Diet, Healthy Living and Life Processes)

- Electrifying (Electricians, Circuits and Symbols)

- We're Evolving (Charles Darwin and Natural Selection)

- Science skills based unit called We Are Dinosaur Hunters.

During this final topic pupils will have a chance to study, research and present information, based on their own questions about dinosaurs. They are often fascinated by the period that dinosaurs lived and there are many programmes and films made that will have provoked more curiosity, such as the ‘Ice Age’ series and the ‘Land Before Time’ series. The entire topic is focused on developing children’s scientific enquiry skills.

Throughout the year pupils are given the opportunity to develop an understanding of Science in everyday life. They are also encouraged to develop practical, investigative skills throughout the learning cycle, which allows pupils to explore the world of Science and its real life applications.

ICT is used to enhance the understanding of the subject and support cross curricular links. The Science Department aims to support the literacy and numeracy development of pupils through the incorporation of tasks into the learning cycle. Throughout the year opportunities will be given for pupils to develop transferrable skills, which include the completion of calculations and problem solving, graphing tasks and written scientific reports which enable the expression of findings in a scientific format.

 

Key Stage 3

During years 7 and 8 pupils must complete one hour of Science homework per week. This is usually in the form of a "Takeaway" homework, but may vary depending upon the lesson. Each week pupils attempt a different task, which is taken from the task sheet. The piece of homework produced will be based around the current learning theme. A copy has been added to the bottom of this page.

 

Year 7: Working Scientifically

Pupils in Year 7 follow the new National Curriculum programme of study which is in line with the ‘Exploring Science: Working Scientifically’ materials.

Topics include:

- Chemistry (Acids & Alkalis, Mixtures & Separation, Particle Model and Atoms, Elements & Molecules),

- Physics (Electricity, Energy, Forces and Sound)

- Biology (Cells, Animal Reproduction, Muscles & Bones and Ecosystems).

The previous digital book and interactive materials are available to every pupil via NorTLE and still cover many of the new curriculum areas. These resources are a valuable tool, which pupils are expected to use when absent, for revision and to consolidate their knowledge. Homework will be set once per week and is designed on a research basis to support scientific skills required for GCSE research tasks and to support progress in following learning units.

Throughout the year pupils are given the opportunity to develop an awareness and understanding of Science in everyday life through the ‘Working Scientifically’ materials. Pupils are encouraged to develop practical skills that allow them to explore the world of Science and prepare them for the next stage of their personal learning journey

 

Year 8: Working Scientifically

Pupils in Year 8 follow the new National Curriculum programme of study which is in line with the ‘Exploring Science: Working Scientifically’ materials.

Topics include:

- Chemistry (Combustion, Periodic Table, Metals and Rocks)

- Physics (Fluids, Light, Energy Transfers and Earth & Space)

- Biology (Digestion & Nutrition, Breathing & Respiration, Plant Reproduction and Unicellular Organisms)

The previous digital book and interactive materials are available to every pupil via NorTLE and still cover many of the new curriculum areas. These resources are a valuable tool, which pupils are expected to use when absent, for revision and to consolidate their knowledge. Homework will be set once per week and is designed on a research basis to support scientific skills required for GCSE research tasks and to support progress in following learning units.

Throughout the year pupils are given the opportunity to develop an awareness and understanding of Science in everyday life through the ‘Working Scientifically’ materials. Pupils are encouraged to develop practical skills that allow them to explore the world of Science and prepare them for the next stage of their personal learning journey.