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Science at Hillmead

At Hillmead we follow the National Curriculum for Science, which was introduced in September 2014. The key change being the concept of 'Working Scientifically' which specifies the understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science for each year group. The concept of 'working scientifically’ is embedded throughout our science teaching, focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions.

 

The following document gives an overview of the age-related expectations of ‘working scientifically’:

Key Stage 1

As the National Curriculum Document states,

'The principal focus of science teaching in key stage 1 is to enable pupils to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world around them. They should be encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. They should be helped to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests, and finding things out using secondary sources of information.'

Lower Key Stage 2

As the National Curriculum Document states,

'The principal focus of science teaching in lower key stage 2 is to enable pupils to broaden their scientific view of the world around them. They should do this through exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas about everyday phenomena and the relationships between living things and familiar environments, and by beginning to develop their ideas about functions, relationships and interactions. They should ask their own questions about what they observe and make some decisions about which types of scientific enquiry are likely to be the best ways of answering them, including observing changes over time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative and fair tests and finding things out using secondary sources of information.'

Upper Key Stage 2

As the National Curriculum Document states,

'The principal focus of science teaching in upper key stage 2 is to enable pupils to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. They should do this through exploring and talking about their ideas; asking their own questions about scientific phenomena; and analysing functions, relationships and interactions more systematically. At upper key stage 2, they should encounter more abstract ideas and begin to recognise how these ideas help them to understand and predict how the world operates. They should also begin to recognise that scientific ideas change and develop over time. They should select the most appropriate ways to answer science questions using different types of scientific enquiry, including observing changes over different periods of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out comparative and fair tests and finding things out using a wide range of secondary sources of information.'

Science content that is taught throughout the year in each year group:

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 1

My Body

Seasonal Changes

Everyday Materials

Identifying Animals

Identifying Plants

Scientists & Inventors

Year 2

Exploring Everyday Materials

Super Scientists

Growth & Survival

Growing Plants

Living in Habitats

The Environment

Year 3

Health & Movement

Forces & Magnets

Rocks, Fossils and Soils

Light and Shadow

How Plants Grow

Scientists & Inventors

Year 4

Circuits & Conductors

Changing Sound

States Of Matter

Eating & Digestion

Living in Environments

Scientists & Inventors

Year 5

Life Cycles

Properties & Changes of Materials

Earth & Space

Forces in Action

Scientists & Inventors

Changes & Reproduction

Year 6

Healthy Bodies

Seeing Light

Classifying Organisms

Changing Circuits

Evolution & Inheritance

Scientists & Inventors

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