Science

 

At Blaise we believe Science is fundamental to children’s learning, helping them to understand the world around us. We aim to inspire children through practical science activities, encouraging them to develop a sense of curiosity through exploring and questioning. Science is taught throughout the year at Blaise but terms 3, 5 and 6 have a specific science focus. In term 3 we focus on physics and chemistry and in terms 5 and 6 it is biology.

 

Throughout all the science learning, children are taught to work scientifically and are encouraged to ask relevant questions and use different scientific enquiries to answer them. They will take measurements and record their data in a variety of ways including classification keys, tables, scatter graphs and bar and line graphs, learning methods, processes and skills such as explaining, predicting and analysing results.

 

We are meeting the requirements of the 2014 curriculum whilst matching the learning to the individuality of each child. 

In year one children will be taught to:

  • Explore and identify a range of everyday materials.
  • Observe changes across the seasons.
  • Identify and name common plants and describe the basic structure of flowering plants.
  • Identify and name a variety of common animals.

In year two children will be taught to:

  • Explore the suitability of everyday materials.
  • Find out what plants need to grow.
  • Identify various different habitats.
  • Explore the basic needs of humans and the importance of exercise.
  • Construct a simple electrical circuit.

In year three children will be taught to:

  •          Explore light, dark and shadows.
  •          Observe how magnets attract or repel each other and identify magnetic materials.
  •          Identify and describe the functions of different parts of a flowering plant, investigate how water is transported in plants and explore the life cycle of a flowering plants.
  •          Understand and describe how fossils are formed and compare different kinds of rocks.
  •          Identify that humans and animals need the right amount of nutrition.
  •          Identify the different types of teeth in humans and their functions.

In year four children will be taught to:

  • Group materials into solids, liquids and gases and observe that some materials change state.
  • Explore sound, identifying how sounds are made and how they travel.
  • Construct a simple electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts and recognising that a switch opens and closes a circuit.
  • Recognise common conductors and insulators.
  • Group living things using classification keys and recognise the dangers of environments changing.
  • Construct and interpret a variety of food chains.
  • Describe the simple functions of the digestive system in humans and identify the purpose of skeletons and muscles.

In year five children will be taught to:

  • Compare and group everyday materials and explore reversible and irreversible changes of state.
  • Using knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how to separate materials.
  • Explore ‘space’ including day and night and the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the sun.
  • Understand the force of gravity and identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction.
  • Describe the life processes of reproduction in some plants and animals.
  • Describe the changes as humans develop to old age.
  • Identify and name the main parts of the circulatory system and functions of the heart.

In year six children will be taught to:

  • Explore light and how it travels.
  • Explore how the voltage of cells used in a circuit effects the brightness of a lamp or volume of a buzzer.
  • Describe how living things are classified and give reasons for classifying them.
  • Recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited Earth millions of years ago.
  • Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment.
  • Recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on their bodies.
  • Describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans.