Our new Science curriculum is split in to the traditional areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Within each, there are various topics that are outlined below.
The children will be given an in depth understanding of the body, including the digestive system, circulatory system, and respiratory system in Year 3 and 4, and the nervous system, puberty, human reproduction, and healthy living in Year 5 and 6. Within these topics, we discuss microbes and the role they play in our day to day lives, with a full topic in year 4.
Plants and other animals will also be covered, with topics including classification, plants around the world, vertebrates and invertebrates, and finishing with evolution and adaptation.
Physics will encompass many areas, including light and shadows, forces (including friction, magnetism, upthrust and gravity at Year 3, 4, and balancing forces at Year 6), sound and vibration, electricity and circuits, and astronomy. Physics teaching will also include a basic understanding of waves, and energy at Year 5 and 6.
Chemistry topics include rocks, fossils, basic particle theory, and solutions (Year 3 and 4). Year 5 and 6 will develop their understanding of these areas, while also learning about states and phases of matter, chemical reactions, conductors and insulators, and the periodic table.
The goal in Science is to give the children ample opportunity to plan and carry out investigations, while giving them an excellent understanding of the world around them. Lessons are planned to be exciting and creative. Our Science curriculum encompasses all areas of the national curriculum, by the middle of Year 5. We are aiming to have all the children working past this and, in Year 6, all topics will be in the Year 7 curriculum.