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Southborough Church of England Primary School

Southborough Church of England Primary School

Science

Our Vision

 

Here at Southborough, we recognise the value of the STEM subjects and have placed them at the heart of our school curriculum, with science as the overarching lens through which we approach all of these. We aim to provide an engaging and enjoyable introduction to the world of science, through giving the children regular opportunities to take part in practical activities. We aim to identify and build on each child’s ‘science capital’ and help them recognise the value in careers in this field. We firmly believe in a ‘hands-on’ approach and strive to ensure that lessons are child-centred and led as much as possible. We intend to build a curriculum that nurtures the children’s problem solving and questioning skills and caters to their inquisitive natures and appetites for knowledge.

This term in Science

Reception

In the On the Beach project, your child will visit a beach and learn about animals that live in rock pools and on the seashore. They will explore days out at the beach and compare their experiences with beach holidays in the past. They will learn about the animals that live in the sea and find out about worldwide seas and oceans. They will explore the importance of looking after the environment to keep living things safe. They will learn about staying safe at the beach and find out about people who help us.

Year 1

In the Animal Parts project your children will learn about animals, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals and invertebrates. They will identify and describe their common structures, diets, and how animals should be cared for.

Year 2

The the Animal Survival Project your child will learn about growth in animals by exploring the life cycles of some familiar animals. They will build on learning about the survival of humans by identifying the basic needs of animals for survival, including food, water, air and shelter.

Year 3

In the Plant Nutrition and Reproduction project your child will learn about the requirements of plants for growth and survival. They will describe the parts of flowering plants and relate structure to function, including the roots and stem for transporting water, leaves for making food and the flower for reproduction.

Year 4

In the Electrical Circuits and Conductors project, your child will learn about electrical appliances and safety. They will construct simple series circuits and name their parts and functions, including switches, wires and cells. They will investigate electrical conductors and insulators and identify common features of conductors. This project also teaches them about programmable devices. Finally, they will combine their learning to design and make a nightlight.

Year 5

In the Electrical Circuits and Conductors project, your child will learn about electrical appliances and safety. They will construct simple series circuits and name their parts and functions, including switches, wires and cells. They will investigate electrical conductors and insulators and identify common features of conductors. This project also teaches them about programmable devices. Finally, they will combine their learning to design and make a nightlight.

Year 6

In the Light Theory project, your child will learn about the way that light behaves, travelling in straight lines from a source or reflector, into the eye. They explore how we see light and colours, and phenomena associated with light, including shadows, reflections and refraction.

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