Studying Science provides children with the foundations for understanding the world around us. Science encourages us to ask questions, find answers and make close observations about how and why things work as they do. While we develop these rational explanations we also aim to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. Children enjoy finding out how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes.
Science at Queen Emma is very “hands on” and children are encouraged to “Work Scientifically” during each and every topic. As such they develop a variety of important skills including the ability to plan, observe and evaluate. They become accustomed to using a variety of tools and equipment and over time become adept at presenting and explaining their findings. Investigating is at the heart of Science and Queen Emma children know we value their thinking.
|Y1||Everyday materials. Seasonal changes||Plants. Seasonal changes||Animals. Seasonal changes|
|Y2||Health and growth. Material properties||Changing material properties. Electricity. Local plants||Local animals (minibeasts). Forces|
|Y3||Rocks and soils. Amazing animals||Light and dark||Forces and magnets. Plants. Living things|
|Y4||Living things. Habitats. Sound||Investigations and Electricity||States of Matter. Humans and animals. Food and digestion|
|Y5||Forces: Gravity, water, air resistance and friction. Earth and Space: Sun, moon, night and day||Living Things: Lifecycles and reproduction. Animals and humans: Changes, puberty and growing up. Lifecycle of a plant||Materials: Reversible and irreversible changes. Separating solids and liquids. Fair testing|
|Y6||Light. Electricity.||Living things. Evolution and inheritance.||Animals (including humans)|
Year 4 have been working hard on how to classify living things by making a classification flow chart. They worked really hard in groups as some animals were really challenging to classify. For example where would you put a duck billed platypus?