Science lessons should provide children with a vehicle to develop their enquiring mind. At Janet Duke we aim to provide a science curriculum which will facilitate every child’s ability to explore the world using the skills of investigation; prediction; analysis, interruption and questioning. Most importantly, we wish to provide children with an enjoyable experience of science, so that they will develop a deep and lasting interest in this subject.
We currently teach Science as part of our IPC topics and as stand-alone units.
Foundation Stage children are taught Science by exploring the world around them using their senses, using an area of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum known as The World. Children find out about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one to another. Children make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.
Year 1 children are taught Science under the following topics: Ourselves; Growing Plants; Sorting and Using Materials; Light and Dark; Pushes and Pulls; Sound and Hearing.
Year 2 children are taught Science under the following topics: Health and Growth; Plants and Animals in the Local Environment; Variation; Grouping and Changing Materials; Forces and Movement; Using Electricity.
Year 3 children are taught Science under the following topics: Teeth and Eating; Helping Plants Grow Well; Characteristics of Materials; Rocks and Soils; Magnets and Springs; Light and Shadows.
Year 4 children are taught Science under the following topics: Moving and Growing; Habitats; Keeping Warm; Solids, Liquids and how they can be separated; Friction; Circuits and Conductors.
Year 5 children are taught Science under the following topics: Keeping Healthy; Life Cycles; Gases around us; Changing State; Earth, Sun and Moon; Changing Sounds.
Year 6 children are taught Science under the following topics: Interdependence and Adaptation; Micro-organisms; More about dissolving; Reversible and Irreversible Changes; Forces in Action; How we see things; Changing Circuits.