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Science

National Curriculum

Purpose of Study

Science provides the foundations for understanding the world through the areas of biology, chemistry and physics. At Ladywood all pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. We encourage our pupils to develop a sense of excitement and natural curiosity about the natural world. Science should be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. ‘Working scientifically’ is embedded to ensure pupils are able to answer scientific questions through: observing over time, pattern seeking, identifying, classifying and grouping and comparative and fair testing.

 

Aims

At Ladywood our aims are to ensure that all pupils:

· develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific areas of biology, chemistry and physics.

· develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through enquiries and investigations that help them answer scientific questions about the world around them.

· are equipped with the scientific knowledge needed to understand the world today and for the future.

· build up an extended specialist vocabulary.

· apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data.

 

What we do in school:

Topics studied in Ladywood Primary School are:

 

Year 1

Plants

Animals, including humans

Everyday materials

Seasonal changes

 

Year 2

Living things and their habitats

Plants

Animals, including humans

Uses of everyday materials

 

Year 3

Plants

Animals, including humans

Rocks

Light

Forces and magnets

 

Year 4

Living things and their habitats

Animals, including humans

States of matter

Sound

Electricity

 

Year 5

All living things and their habitats

Animals, including humans

Properties and changes of materials

Earth and space

Forces

 

Year 6

Living things and their habitats

Animals, including humans

Evolution and inheritance

Light

Electricity

 

Trips/visitors etc

We regularly have a theatre production company in school that put on a fun, yet informative show, to the whole school with a science theme. Other visits the children go on that give them the opportunity to learn about the world around them are:

· Tropical World

· Yorkshire Wildlife Park

· The Deep

· Eureka!

· Yorvik Viking Centre

· The Dig

· National Coal Mining Museum

· Eyam – learning about the plague

 

What parents and carers can do to help their child(ren)

· Encourage children to be inquisitive by asking, finding out about and answering questions about the world around them.

· Gardening and growing plants together at home helps children to learn about living things and their habitats.

· Taking children on walks around their local environment, looking out for different species of animals and their habitats.

· Sharing and reading books which encourage children to think about the world around them.

· Taking your child/ren to a museum is a great way of stimulating interest and finding about the world around them.

 

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