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We help our pupils consider what the world is made of and how it works. Their scientific quests could lead them from the tiniest particle to looking into outer space. They might design an interactive function machine in maths and see how numbers play a vital role in everyday life. 

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Science - curriculum summaries 

Year 3

Science skills: observation, safety aspects in Science, units of measurement, using scientific apparatus, planning an investigation, obtaining evidence, accurate measurement, bar charts, looking for patterns in results and making predictions

Teeth and eating: types and functions of teeth and how to look after them

Characteristics of materials: identifying materials and their properties, matching them to use for a particular purpose

Magnets and springs: attraction and repulsion, magnetic materials and their uses, pushes and pulls of springs, applications

Rocks and soils:origins, types and uses of rocks, differences in characteristics (ease of wearing, permeability), building materials, organic and inorganic components of soil, visit to the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Helping plants grow well: parts of a plant and their functions, rôle of light, warmth and water in helping plants grow, visit to the Nature Reserve

Light and shadows: understanding that light is made by and travels from light sources, shadows are formed when light is blocked, shadows can change with the position of the light source

Year 4

Science skills: accurate measurement, fair testing, recording observations and measurements, looking for patterns in results, interpreting and suggesting explanations for these, using results to draw conclusions and make predictions

Solids, liquids and separating mixtures: identification and properties of solids, liquids and gases, measuring liquids accurately and viscosity, melting, reversible and irreversible changes, solidifying and freezing, dissolving, soluble and insoluble, solutions, separating solids and liquids, filtering, sieving and evaporation

Circuits and conductors: electrical safety, batteries and mains electricity, constructing simple circuits, understanding how switches work, conductors and insulators and relating knowledge to their use in electrical appliances

Keeping warm: understanding that temperature is a measure of how hot or cold objects are, learn about thermal insulators, use thermometers, recognise that objects cool or warm to the temperature of their surroundings when they are left, metals are good thermal insulators and electrical conductors

Moving and growing: vertebrate skeletons, the human skeleton, differences between vertebrates and invertebrates, role of muscles and bones in movement, visit to the Zoology Museum

Friction:what constitutes a force, friction, water resistance, air resistance and their applications

Habitats: identify some local habitats, name some of the organisms that live there, use simple keys to identify organisms, visit to the Nature Reserve

Year 5

Science skills: making careful observations,measuring distance, planning fair tests, making predictions, importance of repeating experiments, evaluating results, using patterns to draw conclusions

Gases around us: components, properties, uses and functions of air, the three states of matter and changes between them

Earth, sun and moon: shape of the Earth, relative sizes/distances of Earth, sun and moon, timescales of day, month and year, time zones, seasons and Earth’s orbit, the solar system

Keeping healthy: the role of food in relation to energy, growth, health and bodily repair, sources of different types of food, effects of excess and deficiencies, exercise and health, effects of exercise upon the body, the circulatory system, pulse rates and change during exercise, effects of drugs upon the body

Changing sounds: sound vibrations, how sound travels in different media, parts of the ear, muffling sounds, differences between pitch and volume, musical instruments as sound producers

Life cycles: life cycle of flowering plants, fertilisation, seed dispersal and germination, flower structure, plant growth, visit to Cambridge University Botanic Garden, variation in animal life cycles, human life cycle, female reproductive system.

Changing state: water vapour, evaporation and condensation, melting and freezing, the water cycle.

Year 6

Science skills: asking and answering scientific questions, planning fair tests, making predictions, making careful observations and measurements, collecting and recording data, evaluating results, using patterns to draw conclusions, measuring volume, constructing and interpreting line graphs

Interdependence and adaptation: variety and interrelationships within a habitat, animal adaptations to their environment, the life cycle of humans including sexual reproduction

Forces in action: different types of force, friction, weight and gravity, springs, drawing diagrams to illustrate forces acting upon an object, using a forcemeter to measure forces

Dissolving: factors that affect how readily substances dissolve, ways in which different solids, liquids and gases dissolve, practical applications of dissolving

Reversible and irreversible changes:ways of separating solids from liquids, changes brought about by heating and cooling, burning as an example of irreversible change

How we see things: how light travels from a source, blocking light produces shadows, how light reflects off different surfaces, investigating factors that affect shadow size

Enquiry in an environmental context: field investigation on a biological research topic, devising predictions and testing them by observation, analysing data, writing up and presenting results and conclusions to peers

Changing circuits: series and parallel circuits, sources of energy and their environmental consequences

Micro-organisms: properties of micro-organisms and their practical uses

School Nature Reserve: visits each term to study habitats and the living organisms found in them

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