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Science

 

Science is much more than just a lesson we have to teach. At Beacon Primary school we want our children to be inspired to learn about the world they live in through science. It is important that we encourage them to question, be inquisitive and discover ways to satisfy their curiosity. We aim to encourage and nurture their curiosity and enable them to develop a range of skills that enables them to discover answers.

 

Science is a 1-hour, weekly timetabled lesson for all pupils from Year 1 to Year 6.

We have a ‘core programme’ to deliver the new 2014 National Curriculum for science, called ‘PlanBee’. Each topic within the scheme offers a sequence of lessons which enables children to ‘work scientifically’ and embed scientific language. Teachers endeavour to include a ‘practical learning element’ within every lesson.

 

The following units are covered in each year group:

 

Key stage 1

Year

Topic 1

Topic 2

Topic 3

Topic 4

Topic 5

Year 1

Identifying animals 

Seasonal changes

Everyday materials

Identifying plants

My body

Homework project

 

Design a seasonal Pop up Card

 

 

 

Year 2

Growth and survival

Everyday materials

Growing plants

Living habitats

Super scientists

Homework project

 

Design a kite

 

 

 

 

Lower stage 2

Year

Topic 1

Topic 2

Topic 3

Topic 4

Topic 5

Year 3

How plants grow

Light and shadow

Health and movement

Rocks, fossils and soils

Forces and magnets

Homework project

 

 

Design and make a robot arm

 

 

Year 4

Circuits and conductors

Eating and digestion

States of matter

Living in environments

Changing sound

Homework project

Design a model home with lights

 

 

 

 

 

Upper stage 2

Year

Topic 1

Topic 2

Topic 3

Topic 4

Topic 5

Year 5

Life cycles

Properties and changes of materials

Forces in action

Change and reproduction

Earth and space

Homework project

 

 

Design and make a pulley system

 

 

Year 6

Classifying organisms

Healthy bodies

Evolution and inheritance

Seeing light

Changing circuits

Homework project

 

 

Make a shelter to protect an animal

 

 

 

All year groups complete a half-termly scientific investigation linked to their science topic and this allows the children to further develop their practical and written recording skills. These units have also got a writing, maths and IT task to complete to demonstrate cross curricular links. Writing tasks are drafted in their science books and then their final draft is transferred into their writing books. Maths activities vary from drawing charts and graphs to using sorting diagrams to identify categories. IT plays a big role in science as we have resources such as cameras, digital thermometers, electric microscopes and use of laptops and iPads to research.

 

Science is growing every year at Beacon with the introduction of us celebrating National Science Week last year where real life scientists came and worked with the children to completing exciting and unique experiments. This year will see the introduction of each year group choosing an exciting experiment that they will design, conduct and  write about during National Science Week, which falls in March 2020. 

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