Church of England School of the Resurrection

Belong, Believe, Achieve

Science

In our school, we use the Rising Stars Switched on Science scheme of work to allow children to explore scientific ideas through hands on learning. The curriculum teaches a wide range of areas throughout the years.

Our intention is to link  our Design and Technology planning on a page with as many Science topics we can throughout the year so that children can demonstrate a good understanding of the subjects that cover the same objectives and so that they can demonstrate a progression of skills throughout the school. 

Knowledge organisers have been completed for Science so that each year group can see exactly what 'sticky knowledge' they must have an understanding of at the end of each topic across each year group. These are designed to progress over the years with Year 6 children having a good knowledge of all previous year groups. 

Year 1

Children in year 1 will learn about Who am I? - my body, my senses, Celebrations - our celebration of light, our celebration of music and our celebration of food. On safari - minibeasts, bugs or invertebrates, comparing ourselves and invertebrates. Polar places - the expedition, polar animals and food. Plants and animals where we live - our local area, birds and animals.  Holiday - get packed, by the seaside and protect the environment.

Along with these, seasonal changes activities are completed throughout the year to enable children to develop an understanding of the different seasons and how they change throughout the year. 

These topics will then be linked to D&T, where possible to develop a wider understanding of the world.  

Year 2

Children in year 2,  learn about Healthy me - body and mind and healthy choices. Material monsters - meet the material monsters and working with material monsters.  How materials squash, bend, twist and stretch. Our local environment - living things, habitats and food chains. Young gardeners - what is growing in our school playground?, what shall we grow? What do seeds need for germination? and what do plants need to grow? Little Masterchefs -become a masterchef and let's get cooking. 

Along with these, seasonal changes activities are completed throughout the year to enable children to develop an understanding of the different seasons and how they change throughout the year.


These topics will then be linked to D&T, where possible to develop a wider understanding of the world.  

Year 3

Children in year 3 learn about Rocks, soils and fossils - testing rocks, the rock family, soil investigation and fantastic fossils. Food and our bodies - food for thought, bones and skeletons, protecting our bodies and muscles and joints. Light and shadows - light and reflections and making shadows. How does your garden grow? - plant parts, let's get growing and flower power. Forces and Magnets - forces and magnetism and using magnets. 

These topics will then be linked to D&T, where possible to develop a wider understanding of the world.

How does your garden grow ? - Food and Nutrition D&T

The Nappy Challenge

This challenge links to knowledge from Key Stage 1 of materials and their properties and allows children to demonstrate their skills when working scientifically. This topic looks at disposable nappies and provides opportunities for children to ask their own questions and make decisions on how to answer their questions using different scientific enquiry activities.
 

Year 4

Children in Year 4,  learn about What's that sound? - how are sounds made and sound travelling. Living things - classifying and identifying, What's living in our school grounds and saving bees. Looking at states - what's the matter?, food changing state and the water cycle. Teeth and eating - tremendous teeth, the digestive system and producers, predators and prey. Power it up - living with electricity, Let's make circuits and conducting investigations.  

The Big Build

 This challenge links to previous knoweldge of materials in Key Stage 1. In this topic, children learn about building towers and bridges, starting with constructing tall towers, then exploring bridges, next they look at animals as builders and finally engage in researching famous engineers and architects and the structures they built. Children will already know many things about the materials they will encounter, how different materials stretch and their uses. They will use and develop working scientifically skills and understanding though comparative and fair tests, measuring, repeat readings and drawing and reading bar and line graphs.

These topics will then be linked to D&T, where possible to develop a wider understanding of the world.

  

Year 5

Children in Year 5,  learn about Out of this world - our solar system, meet the scientists and day and night. Material world - sorting and grouping materials and solutions and mixtures. Circle of life - making new plants, animal life cycles and making babies. Let's get moving - forces of nature, friction and simple machines. Growing up and growing old - from baby to old age, growing up and growing old. 

 

Amazing changes

This challenge links to previous learning from Key stage 1 & 2 about materials. In this topic, the children learn about materials, how they change and which changes are reversible and irreversible. The topic concludes by looking at how these properties are applied in the real world.

These topics will then be linked to D&T, where possible to develop a wider understanding of the world.

 

Year 6

Children In year 6,  learn about Classifying living things - classifying animals and plants and classifying kingdoms. Healthy bodies -circulatory system, exercise, diet and lifestyle. Evolution and Inheritance - What can fossils tell us? inheritance and adaption and evolution. Light - shadows, refection and bending light. Electricity - think like an electrician, changing circuits and build your own. 

The Titanic

Children engage in a different approach to their science in this topic. They use their science and link it to an historical event in context; the sinking of the Titanic . This topic is based around applying the working scientifically skills that they have learned so far in their science lessons, to explore some of the scientific concepts behind the Titanic , e.g. floating and sinking. It can be used as a good opportunity to embed, assess and observe working scientifically skills, as well as laying foundations for transition to KS3 science.

Working Scientifically 

The curriculum also provides the opportunity to develop a wide range of scientific enquiry skills. 

Scientific enquiry is important as these help children to develop their skills in questioning, classification, communicating, measuring, predicting and inferring. These skills are not only important in science but across the school curriculum.

Assessment

As we use the Rising Stars Switched on Science scheme of work to allow children to explore scientific ideas through hands on learning. The curriculum teaches a wide range of areas throughout the years and has an assessment task linked to every subject, which enables the teacher to see exactly who has met the standards for each topic and what may need to be recapped especially in following year groups. 

 This allows teachers to identify students who are excelling in science and those who would benefit from additional support. However, there are currently no guidelines into greater depth in Science therefore, children are given a working towards standard or have met standard grade.